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[...] all four of the AASL standards can easily be found in this scenario, but for purposes of this months Management Matters, the emphasis is on the second standard: "Learners use skills, resources, and tools to draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge" (American Library Association 2007). [...] the students must create their PowerPoint presentations.
Management Matters Learning for Life: Applying the AASL Standards by Pat Franklin and Claire Gatrell Stephens W hen the Ameri- can Association of School Librar- ians (AASL) first released the new Standards for the A Scenario A physical education (PE) teacher approaches the school librarian. The teacher wants to create a unit about good nutrition and exercise for her stu- dents. Over the next few days, the school resources, and tools to draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowl- edge to new situations, and create new knowledge” (American Library Associa- tion 2007). 21st-Century Learner, contro- librarian and PE teacher collaborate Applying the Standard on the lesson and a plan emerges. They Initially, the students involved in versy arose because many will work with the fifth grade class by this nutrition/exercise study go through school librarians thought dividing the topic into areas such as the a process of generating questions and various food groups, food preparation locating information to answer their that they were vague and techniques, and types and benefits of questions. These steps are part of the de-emphasized informa- various kinds of exercise. After research- first standard, which requires students ing their topics, students will produce to “inquire, think critically, and gain tion skill instruction. Many PowerPoint presentations for the school’s knowledge” (American Library Associ- school librarians had trouble in-house closed circuit system and the ation 2007). As the students begin their visualizing how the program school’s Web site so that their findings research, the school librarian can see can be shared with both the school and the students demonstrating the example would be applied in their community. standard. As the students locate infor- school and work with their This lesson provides a great oppor- mation, they need to draw conclusions tunity for collaborative teaching—and about what they find. They identify state standards. This year, not just for the school librarian and PE facts and details, recognize similari- the Management Matters teacher. If they reach out, they might ties and differences in the information, column in SLM is exploring find the students’ English and sci- and start to formulate inferences about ence teachers are interested in getting nutrition and exercise based on their the implementation of the involved too. For the students, this research. Each of these activities is new AASL standards and scenario provides a great opportunity classified as a skill example of Standard for inquiry-based learning as they begin 2. Students might demonstrate their the Learning 4 Life (L4L) to identify the various benefits of good process with a graphic organizer or by program. This month the nutrition and exercise and then start note taking. focus is on application. How g
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