GLMA Summer Institute 2012 Presentation: Leveraging the Discourse of Common Core Standards to Spur Conversations for Student Learning and School Libraries

Thank you to GLMA for the warm reception and the opportunity to talk about Common Core Standards, learning, and librarians.  The presentation in PDF format is also available below:

Leveraging the Discourse of Common Core Standards to Spur Conversations for Student Learning and School Libraries by Buffy Hamilton June 2012

Links of interest from today’s presentation not embedded in the PDF or slides:

Presentation: “Libraries as Communally Constructed Sites of Participatory Culture—Composing Narratives of Participatory Literacy and Enchantment”

A heartfelt thank you to the Florida State University SLIS community and the PALM Center for giving me the opportunity to visit, share, and learn with FSU SLID faculty, doctoral students, alum, and local school librarians this past week.    Spending time with such amazing people was truly an honor for me as well as a tremendous amount of fun!

Here are my slides from my presentation to the FSU SLIS community on April 7, 2012.   The video from today’s presentation will be posted to the PALM Center website soon, and I will provide an update once it is available for viewing.  You can also learn a little more about today’s talk here.

Post Semester 1: Media 21 Students Reflect on Digital Composition and Participatory Learning

In November and December, I wrote two rather lengthy reflective posts about efforts to help students take a more explicit inquiry driven, participatory stance on literacy and learning as well as digital composition; these were preceded by an October post about the use of the Fishbowl approach to giving students more ownership of class conversation and for developing their own lines of questions/inquiries/points for exploration with peers.

This unit of study, which began with our book tasting in September 2011, was an extended inquiry into student selected issues that included child soldiers, treatment of women in the Middle East, immigration laws,  the impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa, racial profiling, fear and prejudice in a post 9/11 world, and genocide.  At the end of the semester, Susan Lester and I asked our students to reflect on their learning experiences with a series of questions and class time to compose their responses.  Embedded below is a summary of student responses and some additional questions (that piggyback on those from the December blog post) for next semester.    Susan and I are meeting this week together to brainstorm and explore the implications of this feedback as well as new strategies for learning and how to tweak some existing learning strategies; we’ll also meet  with our students in class this week to discuss the feedback and to invite student opinion on their ideas for addressing some of the challenges as well as celebrate the progress and accomplishments of first semester.  I’m excited to see how we can work together as a community of learners to build on our successes and find ways together to address some of the student identified challenges of these approaches to learning.

I’m interested in any thoughts or patterns you may notice, or if you are doing similar work, any ideas or insights you might have to share that will help all of us expand our thinking and improve the learning experiences we’re trying to create with our students.