L4L and Planning for Next Year May 22, 2013Posted 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?