Flexibility, Collaboration and Change…

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I can’t think of a better description of the mission of a 21st century school library.  Technology is front and center in all of our lives – in our workplaces, our homes and in our schools.

At D.C. Everest we strive to make a true connection between the common core standards that are taught in our classrooms with the 21st century skills that our students need to succeed in the future.  How is that being done?

First, our classrooms are becoming equipped with the technology they need to teach those skills.  SmartBoards provide entire classrooms of students the ability to view and participate in a variety of educational activities.

Elmos allow the teacher to project documents and other objects onto the board for a class to see.  Examples could be objects from a science experiment that can be shown in great detail to an entire class or pictures that can be used directly from books without alteration.

Our computer labs provide entire classrooms of students the ability to individually or cooperatively work on technology projects, with the guidance of both classroom teachers and librarians.

Most importantly, along with the equipment needed comes the human element of a successful 21st century school and that is the collaboration between classroom teachers and school librarians.  When everyone works as a collaborative team, everyone benefits – especially the students.  Collaboration ensures that lessons learned are based on the curriculum and are also learner-centered.

Looking for examples of what other schools have done with flexible scheduling and collaboration and how they impact student learning?  Try the following website and view some of the videos on this site:  http://www.ncwiseowl.org/impact/videos.htm

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