Collaborative projects

EB from a London school, writes about her experiences here:

Collaborative teaching with the maths department

The librarian and the head of maths worked together to produce a unit of work applying Year 7 students’ knowledge of decimal numbers to an understanding of how the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme used in the library worked. Students sorted a selection of Dewey numbers to show whether or not they had understood place value in decimal numbers. The next step was to find books at the numbers, each child selecting a number and then finding a matching book.

 

This generated a discussion around the way books were classified, enabling students to develop some familiarity with the Dewey arrangement and a clear understanding that there is an underlying structure. The head of maths was pleased as it was a clear example of how maths is used in the real situations, while the librarian was pleased that students showed a greater readiness to seek out books for research and information.

Collaborative teaching with the science department

The science department wanted to develop students’ research skills through a unit on the elements. The librarian obtained a number of books, including one substantial series, on the elements, and put together a differentiated unit of work asking each student to answer a series of questions about one element and create a display.

 

The students had to use the skills of location, extraction and selection of information from the texts, both the books and an appropriate website, to create their display, and obtained a clear understanding of what constitutes an element and how the different elements relate to each other.

 

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Anne Inglis, School Library Resource Centre Coordinator, James Gillespie’s High School. Edinburgh writes:

 

For the past six years I have worked collaboratively with Support for Pupils staff in delivering IT inserts into the S1 PSE programme. In practice what happens is that I develop and deliver lessons for the whole year which identify IT skills levels and set tasks using the IT resources in the Library which ‘mirror’ what they do in the general PSE course e.g. learning about each other by use of power point and developing presentation skills in that context too. It also provides me with an ideal opportunity to build in some fairly high order critical skills task e.g. evaluating websites, spoof sites etc., but most importantly in a meaningful rather than a token context.  From a school perspective I am seen as the IT expert and can take the lessons in whatever direction their own IT skills lead and we even stray into ethical areas like cyberbullying, copyright etc.

 

Our latest educational aspirations in Curriculum for Excellence requires:

 

  • Effective contributors,
  • responsible citizens,
  • successful learners,
  • confident individuals.

 

The development of relevant ICT skills is the perfect vehicle for most of these aspirations and the Library is the place it happens. For the past six years I have worked collaboratively with Support for Pupils staff in delivering IT inserts into the S1 PSE programme. In practice what happens is that I develop and deliver lessons for the whole year which identify IT skills levels and set tasks using the IT resources in the Library which ‘mirror’ what they do in the general PSE course e.g. learning about each other by use of power point and developing presentation skills in that context too. It also provides me with an ideal opportunity to build in some fairly high order critical skills task e.g. evaluating websites, spoof sites etc., but most importantly in a meaningful rather than a token context. From a school perspective I am seen as the IT expert and can take the lessons in whatever direction their own IT skills lead and we even stray into ethical areas like cyberbullying, copyright etc.

 

 

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