Teaching and Learning
This program is designed to facilitate these learner experiences:
1. To create connections between current practice and aspects of blended learning that contribute to deeper learning.
2. To understand critical features of inquiry that elevate the learning experience for all students.
3. To experience the results of unit plans created in collaborative environments with HS librarians and HS social studies teachers that incorporate an inquiry-path and blended learning.
Examples of blended learning units will be provided that are the result of a year long project between High School Social Studies teachers and librarians. Three units each were developed and implemented by in US History, Government and World History collaborative teams. Two units will be shared. Each of these examples embed Guided Inquiry Design into a new concept-based unit planner. Considerations were given to critical variables of blended learning throughout the process. Teachers received professional development at regular intervals over the course of the year.
Several features of inquiry that elevated the learning experience for all students were identified as the project moved forward. It was identified that:
1.The Explore Stage of the inquiry must include an opportunity for students to ask their own questions and respond to the prompt, "What makes you curious about this?!" This prompt triggers qualitatively different responses than, "What questions do you have."
2. Teacher/Librarian planning groups need to carefully assess enduring understandings to determine if they are rigorous enough to support robust inquiry projects.
3. Students need to create new knowledge and peer evaluate each other in order for projects to be effectively evaluated by authentic audiences.
Guided Inquiry Design was the model used in this year-long project. Examples of single-lesson explorations that ignite curiosity and increase motivation as well as a new concept-based unit planner will be provided.
Meeting Type: Program
Content Area: Transforming: Teaching & Learning
Interests: Information Literacy, Instruction, Learning Commons, Literacy, Technology, Transforming Libraries, Young Adult Services
Type of Library: High School, School/Media Center
Cost: Included with full conference registration.