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L4L and Planning for Next Year May 22, 2013

Posted by kgavigan in Check this out!.

As your school year draws to an end, it is a great time to reflect on the ways you have implemented the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. It is also a great time to think about the next school year, and how you can do an even better job of empowering students with the skills, resources, and tools they need to:
• inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge;
• draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge;
• share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society;
• pursue personal and aesthetic growth.
The AASL initiative, Learning 4 Life (L4L) is about how school librarians can help students think, create, share, and grow in school, and beyond. A variety of helpful Learning 4 Life (L4L) resources are available on the AASL website that include ideas and lesson plans you can use to teach the AASL standards, and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), in your schools. http://www.ala.org/aasl/learning4life/resources
For example, the AASL Lesson Plan Database has over 100 lesson plans that have been contributed by school librarians from around the nation. These lesson plans integrate the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner with classroom projects, and the assignments are automatically cross-walked with ELA and Math Common Core State Standards. The lesson plans are accessible by topic, content area, and grade level. You can learn more about the lesson plan database, and register to use it at: http://www.ala.org/aasl/guidelinesandstandards/lessonplandatabase/lessonplandb
Start searching the database now for lesson plans you can use next year. Then, begin making plans to collaborate with teachers to implement the lesson plans in your libraries and classrooms. It is never too early to begin collaborating on ways to help your students become lifelong learners who Think, Create, Share, and Grow! Sharing ideas with librarians around the country is a great way to start.

Share your success stories with others, in response to the following questions:
What are some of the things you are doing in your schools / states to promote Learning for Life (L4L) and Standards for the 21st-Century Learner?

How are you empowering your students to Think, Create, Share, and Grow?


1. Judy Deichman - May 23, 2013

L4L – Virginia: From the state whose slogan should be “Virginia is for Library Lovers”. Our L4L committee has presented at the regional spring conferences and I will be promoting L4L at two state professional development days in July. I created a Prezi presentation to highlight the 21st Century Standards and Guidelines, illustrating how to use them in our daily lessons, showcased the AASL Lesson PLan Database, and promoted the new AASL publications. Showing the librarians in our state how the standards and guidelines are the framework of our lesson plans, helps facilitate the teaching of 21st century skills and ensures that we are giving our students the tools to Think, Create, Share, and Grow. This summer we plan to really emphasize the AASL Lesson Plan database and get all participants in our professional development days to submit a lesson plan. If we all submit a lesson, the wealth of resources in the database will be tremendous! Collaborating with core teachers in my school, over the past school year, has been an awesome opportunity to promote the concept of Think, Create, Share, and Grow. We would work together to insert each of these into a project for the students. Outlining our standards and guidelines in the lesson plan adds credibility to our function and imparts the TEACHING factor of being a librarian. It is a win-win for all parties concerned. I can’t wait for next year when our school embraces project-based learning and I can use Think, Create, Share, and Grow in our student projects.

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