Power Researchers: Transforming Student Library Aides into Action Learners

Power Researchers: Transforming Student Library Aides into Action Learners

Power Researchers: Transforming Student Library Aides into Action Learners

Power Researchers: Transforming Student Library Aides into Action Learners

Synopsis

This book presents a proven year-long program to boost student productivity and train high school library aides while offering services to all patrons of the school library.

• Contributions from practicing teachers and school librarians

• 50 original lessons, student worksheets, rubrics, and a suggested school calendar-year pacing guide

• Various illustrations and screen captures

• Appendix includes a ten-month generic calendar pacing guide

Excerpt

Looking for a way to boost productivity in student aides in your library? Need a testing ground for novel ways to introduce information literacy skills and Web 2.0 applications? Interested in training a network of power researchers to share their knowledge with classes throughout the building? If you are a high school librarian and can answer yes to these questions, here is a way to showcase your talents as teacher-librarian, expand the knowledge of your student aides and model twenty-first century teaching strategies in your school.

Now is the time to develop an elective English course for library aides in your school and/or district. We have spent four years developing and improving our library science course for high school juniors and seniors. Although the content changes as we upgrade units with Web 2.0 modules or discover new lesson ideas at conferences and through professional reading, our scheduling format remains constant. Students alternate between literature and research units while managing their time as they work on the front desk, work on projects, and shelve materials. There is no homework. Students are graded on all aspects of their work and they are evaluated as an employee as well as a student. If they do a good job, they will receive an excellent job/college recommendation as well as a boost to their gpa. Awarding English elective credit for hours spent working in the library has brought great rewards to the students by increasing their academic success in other classes.

We have instructed the guidance department to encourage enrollment in this class to college-bound juniors or seniors who are independent workers. We schedule two or three students per period for a 90-minute block. They must be able to work independently with minimal supervision. Each month students receive a calendar with projects and due dates. They are assigned a section of the shelves to monitor, which will change each nine weeks. One of the librarians schedules two days (we are on an even/odd schedule) to explain a new project. Students are expected to manage their . . .

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