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ERIC Number: EJ917648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-2166-160X
Deep Learning Experiences within a Fixed Schedule
Green, Julie; Olmstead, Laurie
School Library Monthly, v27 n6 p5-7 Mar 2011
Two and a half years ago, elementary school librarians in the Birmingham Public School district (Troy, Michigan) had to change to a fixed schedule for half the day with kindergarten through second grade students. This change was due to cutbacks and the need for common planning time among classroom teachers. School librarians found themselves scheduled for 45-minute class periods in a four-day rotation. As a result of this change, school librarians at the lower elementary level typically saw one kindergarten, one first grade, and one second grade class each day. After the first year, school librarians realized that they needed to develop more meaningful learning experiences for students to meet curriculum objectives and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards. Because they saw these students often and consistently, it became a rare opportunity to go beyond the basics and develop deeper concepts. In this article, the authors describe an inquiry and research focus identified by elementary school librarians for second graders. In this way, student experiences in the school library could be enriched and a foundation for a district initiative focusing on those skills identified in AASL "Standards for the 21st-Century Learner" could be developed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Kindergarten
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan