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Barker, Kelsey; Holden, Paige – Knowledge Quest, 2017
While beneficial to student engagement and learning outcomes, student-created research questions require a shift in thinking for the teaching team, which is made up of the school librarian, classroom teacher(s), and other specialists designing the inquiry learning experience. For librarians leading inquiry learning, this shift can seem difficult…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Questioning Techniques, Teaching Methods, Classroom Environment
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Doyle, Matthew – Knowledge Quest, 2017
The class visit to check out books has long been a staple of school library programs nationwide. This flexible or scheduled time allows students to take advantage of the library collection and enjoy reading based on their own interests. The library provides the perfect environment for students to self-select books based on their interests, an…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Services, Library Development, Library Automation
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Casstevens, Susan – Knowledge Quest, 2017
The joint-use library is a place where people of all ages, interests, and income levels can find items of interest at no personal cost. The mission of A. H. Meadows Public and High School Library in Midlothian, Texas, is to offer what other public libraries provide: educational and entertainment resources to a community. Yet, the staff also wants…
Descriptors: Public Libraries, School Libraries, High Schools, School Community Relationship
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McNair, Ellen L. – Knowledge Quest, 2017
The creation and identification of high-yield practices for empowering students to think, wonder, and own their learning is a high priority for school librarians who value instructional leadership. Future-ready librarians are working to create flexible learning environments in which their students design solutions, consider possibilities, and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Librarians, Role, Inquiry
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Lansford, Teresa – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Data can be a powerful tool for self-evaluation, goal setting, and advocacy in the school library. Regardless of the grade level or the size of the student body, any school library has meaningful data to mine and learn from. Basic data such as circulation numbers can impact a myriad of areas relevant to student learning such as collection…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Data, Surveys, Standardized Tests
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Cherry, Wayne R., Jr. – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Storytelling is a part of who people are as humans. Melvil Dewey himself saw the need to catalog folktales and stories from the oral tradition in the 390s, a section dedicated to social customs. Stories form a part of the very fabric of who people are and give insight into the past as much, if not more so, than the histories. Teachers can leverage…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Personal Narratives, Classroom Techniques, Critical Thinking
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Deuschle, Kristen – Knowledge Quest, 2017
A prevalent misconception is that reading must be a solitary endeavor. This view of reading creates an instant aversion for many teens who tend to be social creatures. This article discusses how Kristen Deuschle, the district media specialist for Forsyth County Schools in Cumming, Georgia, combined two of her passions--community outreach and…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Media Specialists, Recreational Reading, Outreach Programs
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Mann, Leah; Rentfro, Jody – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Using concepts such as Design Thinking to create inquiry-based, hands-on learning opportunities centered on student ideation and creation, Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) in North Texas reimagined the role of library instruction through implementation of a Mobile Transformation Lab. The purpose of this lab is to serve the more than…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Active Learning, Inquiry, Hands on Science
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Keeling, Mary; Mardis, Marcia A. – Knowledge Quest, 2017
How does an association prioritize the needs of its members as it introduces new professional standards? What strategies ensure a smooth transition from one set of standards to another? How can a school librarian use new standards to spark and maintain continuous professional growth? One way to ease the transition and prioritize the needs of…
Descriptors: Standards, Librarians, School Libraries, Strategic Planning
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Hurd, Molly – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Halifax Independent School is a small K-9 school where children learn in multi-age groups and in a setting where all the core subjects are integrated into the study of interesting themes such as Oceans, Nova Scotia, and Living Things. These themes last a whole year, involve the whole elementary school, and are designed to cover traditional subject…
Descriptors: Literacy, Geology, Mixed Age Grouping, Teaching Methods
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Smith, Karen E. – Knowledge Quest, 2017
With the changes in school library spaces and school librarians' roles, there has never been a more extraordinary time to be a librarian. However, one thing will never change even in these dynamic times; librarians are still the driving force behind strong reading programs and fostering that love of reading. How do librarians create a culture of…
Descriptors: Reading Habits, Reading Interests, School Libraries, Library Role
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Sierra, Kristin – Knowledge Quest, 2017
The author has always loved libraries. She has has always loved books and the experience of learning. Her idea of the best kind of library has changed over the years. Encouraging reading is just a part of what the 21st-century school library does. As a fledgling school librarian just starting to learn how to fly, the author wanted to create a nest…
Descriptors: Shared Resources and Services, School Libraries, Library Services, Librarians
Giffard, Sue – Knowledge Quest, 2016
The scenario that the author encountered when she began working in her present position was not unusual for an elementary school library: the students study a culture, and the librarian reads the stories of that culture to them to enrich the study and to make the culture come alive. The fourth-graders studied the Maya in the fall and the ancient…
Descriptors: Story Telling, School Libraries, Elementary Schools, Elementary School Students
Petty, Pamela – Knowledge Quest, 2016
Storytelling is a craft that takes "talking" to the level of "telling." The cleverest of teachers know these tricks. In this article the author presents the art of storytelling and why it is so important, especially in the educational environment of national standards and standardized testing.
Descriptors: Story Telling, Relevance (Education), Educational Environment, National Standards
Cahill, Maria; Bigheart, Jennifer – Knowledge Quest, 2016
Parents and caregivers can maximize children's engagement with educational television programming by co-viewing and discussing concepts and issues during and following episodes, and parents and caregivers can poach ideas and processes from these programs and apply them to their own interactions with children. School librarians might also consider…
Descriptors: Educational Television, Story Telling, Educational Benefits, School Libraries
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