Efficient and Ethical Information-Seeking Behavior
10th Grade Lesson: Plagiarism
I executed this lesson in two classes- health and parenting- that were starting to create informational books and brochures. Â To reinforce students’ existing knowledge, I handed out notecards with various sources of information. Â Students taped the cards to the whiteboard to indicate whether or not each source requires citation. Â We then discussed each source and its relation to the handout. Â Read more about this lesson in the blog post.
Literacy and Reading
Family Literacy Event: Cinder Stories
This event was planned with a group of classmates for a class on literacy. Â The evening features readings of six multicultural versions of Cinderella, as well as relevant activities and exhibits that represent each tale’s culture of origin. Â The Cinder Stories event was created to promote literacy and foster interaction within the school community. Â For a detailed summary, visit the blog post.
Access to Information
Elementary Fieldwork Project: Improving shelf navigation
At my elementary fieldwork site, I devised a system to make the shelves easier for students to navigate on their own. Â I created large, brightly-colored placeholders to sit directly on the shelves, indicating the alphabetized organization of the fiction section, thus simplifying students’ access to information. Â Read more about this project in the blog post.
Secondary Practicum Project: Library map
During my secondary practicum, I assisted my site supervisor in preparing a library scavenger hunt to reinforce library resources to middle school students. Â To improve the activity and create a lasting informational resource for the library, I upgraded the existing library map. Â I improved readability, and included general library information. Â For more on this project, visit the blog post.
Stimulating Learning Environment
Library Display:Â Where the Wild Things Are
At my elementary fieldwork site, I created a library display to promote Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are in conjunction with the release of the film adaptation. Â Read more about this display in the blog post.
Library Display: Prom Central
During my secondary fieldwork, I assisted in the development of a display to promote the library as a resource for prom. Â Students could visit the library for relevant information and coupons for local vendors, including dresses, tuxedos, limousines, hair salons, and restaurants.