Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students through Inquiry

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Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students through Inquiry


Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry by Larissa Pahomov (ASCD, 2014, 196 p., $26.95. ISBN: 9781416619567.

Many teacher librarians know about the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia where Chris Lehman is the principal and our author is a teacher. Chris is a great believer in inquiry and has fashioned a school around this idea. Every January they hold a conference where all kinds of presentations are made from around the country dealing with inquiry. Joyce Valenza has presented at the conference many times and this reviewer has done so, too. The best thing at these conferences is to talk with as many students as you can possibly encounter during the two days. They are amazing! They come from all over the city; have to be interviewed by a group of students before they can be accepted; and, they value their education. The one problem they have at this school is they have a terrible library and no librarian. The last librarian they had spent the year trying to catalog the books. Chris knows that he should have a librarian but obviously has never found one that really knows inquiry and can co-teach successfully. He does have an excellent technology integration specialist. Now to this book. It is amazing. It should be read by every high school teacher librarian who should ask on every page: "How would I co-teach alongside this expert in inquiry?" I would like our very best teacher of inquiry to inner city kids who has a teacher librarian credential to match wits with Larisa in a conversation about great inquiry during a library conference. …

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