Thursday, May 30, 2019

PPT: From Questions to Answers

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Lighthouse Diary Entry #16: Curation as a Library Service

We are in the in-between days. It is nearly the end of the academic year and preparation for closing out the year and graduation is in full speed. As this happens, we look to the coming summer and the inevitable in-service work that lies ahead. Curriculum alignment. Unit Planning. Attendance to professional development activities. 

Teachers have been planning on interdisciplinary projects that inspire collaboration. Librarians and libraries can lend support in this learning experience. I am sharing this email I sent out to teachers on curating and how it can support collaborative projects.

Curating sources of all media types and formats, people services and community resources is a library service we can do (and have been doing) with you. It is aimed at assisting teachers and helping students archive, record and manage information and meaningful content following citation formats and bibliographic standards (Ola, academic honesty!). Curating is best done collaboratively by teachers, the librarian and his/her staff, a class or a study group learning about specific units of study or projects. Curating can come in the form of a simple bibliographic lists of concepts in a unit of study, a LibGuide, a Pathfinder or a curating app that can be accessed and used via a mobile device. 
The tools for curation are many. Google Classroom has one as well as apps that can be merged or embedded in Google Drive. There are web apps like Scoopit, Pocket, Pearl, etc. World Book Online, which we have a subscription to, has Pathfinders. A class can create one and this is can be "shared" not just for a grade level, but to other classes in other schools here and abroad. We can also subscribe to LiGuides. Our new WebOPAC can also host and link curated sources and content. And, as your teacher librarian, I can also do it by request. We can sit together and plan a curating system that can function as an independent learning tool for your class.
It will get mixed reactions, I am sure. But, at the end of the day, I know I did my job.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Tips, Tools and Tech for the Busy Teacher: Online games, Citation apps and Curation Tools

Because sharing is caring!

Kahoot is an online game and mobile app that you can use for defining terms, improving vocabulary and reviewing concepts learned in the different content/subject areas. 

Cited is a mobile app that guides you in following different citation formats for various resources and sources of information. It is free in the iTunes App store.  

Remember the bookmarking tools in the late 90s and early 2000? Really Simple Syndication (RSS),mailing lists and list sers? Well,  Scoopit is all that and more. It is a curation tool that you can manage per topic of interest. The free web app has a limit of articles and content for curation so if you are serious in sharing curated info and knowledge, consider getting the premium account. Scoopit is also a tool to brand and market your expertise or grow a professional learning network. 

How can you annotate or take notes while watching a video on YouTube of Vimeo? Use VideoNotes. It can be an extension app in Google Chrome so, your notes can be saved and shared on Google docs. 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Dear Ms. Z: Literature and Lifelong Learning (1 of 2)

Teacher Twinkle Caro, a friend from PBBY and the teaching community sent me this questions a few months back. She was then preparing for a radio interview and I was in Singapore attending a workshop. Much of our conversation happened in Messenger so technology bridged the geographical distance.

How has being literate and being exposed to different forms of literature (books, newspapers, magazines, etc.) helped you in terms of your work and continuous lifelong learning?
This was my reply:
Reading helps me to be kind. When reading fact or fiction, I discover truths not only of my own beliefs but of others too. I realize I am not alone. There is the endless possibility to learn from others in reading.
Going back to our conversation now, I feel, and think, that I have not fully answered her question. There is an aspect of library work or librarianship I wish I had told her. Thanks to blogging, again - another format of technology, I can revisit and continue the process of thinking through such a question that matters to me and to my colleagues.

I will be posting part 2 of my reply to Teacher Twinkle. Continuing on this exercise has relevance in the way we use information and the formats of literature.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Teachers and School Librarians Working Together for Student Achievement

This is a work in progress! Collecting and curating all my blog posts on teacher-librarian collaboration.
Teacher-Librarian Collaborative Activities:  Library Scavenger Hunt
LSH 2016

Teacher-Librarian Collaboration Lesson Plans & Mini-Lessons
Lesson Plan on Information Literacy: Teaching the Big 6 Model (2006)
Dear School Librarian In Action: Library Skills Instruction for Prep Students (2012)

Teacher-Librarian Collaboration: Dynamics, Functions, Purpose and Roles

The Beacon Academy Library Packet for Teachers - A promotional material for inspiring collaboration with teachers (2012)

School Librarian as Collaborative Teaching Partner Five ways to make collaboration happen (2015)

Grade 9 English: Preparing for Personal Project
Grade 9 English: Preparing for Personal Project
A recent post on teacher and school librarian collaboration, where I worked with the English teacher in planning a mini-lesson on Search Strategies for Grade 9 students (2017)

The School Librarian: A Trusted Sidekick - Adapting Dianne McKenzie's framework and approach when collaborating with teachers (2017)

How school librarians can help teachers? A smorgasbord of activities that school librarians can do in partnership with teachers, for reading development, promotion and literacy skills teaching (2018)

The school librarian can also assume the role of student services or support for student life. Here is a blog post where I wrote about the plans and activities that school librarians can do in collaboration with class advisers. (2019)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Dear Ms. Z: Tandem Teaching in Support of the Extended Essay

A friend from the school library profession asked about teacher and librarian partnership in support of the Extended Essay. As we are both school librarians working in schools that run the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, we share common problems and concerns. Specifically, my friend wishes to know if I have library lessons I use in teaching research skills in tandem with the teacher.

Below was my reply and, I admit it was done in a rush.
Begin by tandem teaching or partnering with a content teacher in grade 11 during the 1st semester. Plant the seeds of basic research skills as used in the subject area or content area. This way, the skills are taught from a context and from a learning experience. Around the 2nd semester in grade 11, find time to teach research skills explicitly as preparation for the Extended Essay. Support and follow through by conducting one-on-one sessions and consultations with librarian on the evaluation and use of sources, citations, etc. 
This (teaching research skills and writing) is a community effort. So, better to meet and plan with academic leadership and teachers. You also need to identify specific research skills that library will teach, facilitate and support. The IB has a guide called Approaches to Teaching and Learning. Research Skills is listed as one of the approaches. You can use it as reference in making your own library and research skills plantilla or matrix. 
Hope this helps!
I am adding this link of curated blog posts on the Teacher and School Librarian Collaboration that I have been building since 2017 in the blog.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

School Librarians and 21st Century Literacy

There were two plenary speakers on the last day of the IASL PASLI Workshop and Conference. They were Atty. Suyat who discussed data privacy laws in school libraries and Hon. Lourdes David who peesented updates on the Continuing Professional Development Act for librarians. Both topics were of utmost importance to participants and delegates.

The announcement of newly elected officers followed next and yours truly was elected as the association’s PRO. The 2019-2021 PASLI Officers are: Ching Perez Basagre, President; Rhodora Valdez, Vice President; Mavic De la Cruz, Secretary; Gemme Cuña, Treasurer; Salve Dimzon, Auditor; Charlie Padernal, Business Manager; Kelvin Samson and Alma Singian as Board Members. Cris Laracas, former president of PASLI delivered the PASLI accomplishment report to the association. The elected officers were sworn in by Hon. Lourdes David. What followed was the tour to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, The National Museum of Natural History and Fort Santiago. 

There was no official announcement when and where the 6th IASL Workshop is going to be, but if I were you, this is one of the many professional development activities worth saving up for. Networking in the ASEAN is a promising investment. Planning is key when one sets goals and programs for lifelong learning. Attendance to national conferences as well as off shore professional events can be targeted and programmed in a span of three to five years. 

In general, the IASL PASLI Workshop and Conference was a success as it gathered school librarians in the ASEAN to an engaged discourse on issues relevant to the needs of school librarians today. With the help and support of agencies like the Board for Librarians, IASL and even PLAI, PASLI will be able to continue to actualise its goals and objectives.

Until next conference, school librarians! 

Monday, May 6, 2019

Book Review: Switch How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

I have a friend at work who is one of the most engaging conversationalists around. Our recent topic at morning coffee is change and how it could affect the young people we mentor and teach in the Academy. Because I am a fan of Lev Vygotsky and Jean Piaget, I sent her a web article on the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) in the hope  that we can look at change and learning how to change from theories tried and tested.

Piaget  theorized that children learn at their leisure and in autonomy. But Vygotsky added the  environment as a factor in learning. By guiding, mentoring and scaffolding learning experiences at a child’s ZPD, he/she will be able to build self confidence and continuously construct knowledge by intearcting socially with parents, teachers and peers. I haven’t heard from her since the email.

I persisted by sending her a short book review of Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard (Heath and Heath, Crown Business 2010)

On change and what research in the human and social sciences say about it; what makes it complicated; why people find it such a challenge. But, early on in the book Chip Heath and Dan Heath, the authors of the book, gave a very simple and real reason. They said, “Often, the heart and mind disagree. Fervently.” 

Peppered with stories on change and managing change in big and small ways, research on human interactions and behavior towards it are overlaid. Studies are presented and built around these human interest stories. For example, to introduce the idea that perception plays a role in the will to change, a study on popcorn consumption is used to great effect. There are chapters that include specific strategies in making the change and responding to it in personal ways, as well as its implications to the community. My personal favorite is the chapter on sustainability because it is for me, the more challenging task in creating and making a chane.

Available at the BA Library for your reading pleasure!

Friday, May 3, 2019

School Librarians and 21st Century Literacy (2 of 3)

Riding on the themes of 21st Century Literacy, days 1 and 2 of the IASL-PASLI Workshop and Conference covered a variety of concepts, theories and ideas that permeate in today's school library services and programs. Fake news, Metaliteracy, Computational Literacy were among the different kinds of literacy discussed by plenary speakers. Thus, the necessity to build partnerships, linkages and networking is as strong as ever. Even Hanna Chaterina George, IASL Regional Officer, spoke about concerted efforts in Indonesia to make manifests the reading and literacy programs they run in private and public schools in Jakarta. In Day 2, Dr. Diljit Singh enumerated the challenges that school librarians face in the digital age, reminding everyone to stay relevant in a time of constant change.

Former IASL President, Diljit Singh elaborates on the importance of networking and linkages.

Day 2 of the workshop and conference was interactive and engaging. Paper presenters discussed actual projects and research that show the relevant role librarians play in teaching and learning, community building and in the growth of the book industry. Furthermore, presentations on day 2 focused on the importance of research as a means to validate professional practice. An integration and interdisciplinary approach to planning school library services and programs is key to target the new kinds of literacy and the ones that will soon emerge from a technology induced world.

With Charlie Padernal. my "Beybi Bibe, during my presentation on Bibliotherapy.
Photo credits: Thank you for the Ms. Cris Laracas

Five topics and presentations inspired and fueled me to further think through professional practice. These are computational literacy, metaliteracy, Dr. Baylen's session on creativity and collaborative thinking, Dia Evangelista's research on Information Literacy and Dr. Chinee's paper on Design Thinking as applied to space programming and readers' services. Their topics are all under one umbrella - thinking! How interconnected different thought processes can be! As in all professional learning experiences, I have filed them and cataloged them in the journal of my mind for future use and reference.

With my roomies. We know how to shimmer!

At the end of Day 2, members nominated peers for the election of a new set of officers. Dinner followed next and the fellowship night commenced. Dubbed as Sparkle Tonight, PASLI members came in their most dazzling selves. We were all shining! Shimmering! Splendid! My two roommates, Erlinda Soliva and Cathryn Ann Dimapilis won awards as Star of the Night and 1st Runner-Up respectively.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

School Librarians and 21st Century Literacy (1 of 3)

The last week of April is when most library organizations in the Philippines have their national conferences. The Philippine Association of School Librarians, Inc (PASLI) is one of them. Many school librarians are on summer break in April and PASLI sure knows where to go to offer its members a conference where learning and fun both happen. I have had participated in many summer conferences of PASLI in the past and I always felt welcomed.

In 2009, I conducted a Storytelling Workshop in the PASLI Conference at Teachers' Camp, Baguio. They went back to the same venue in 2013 where I first presented the idea of BIbliotherapy and ran a workshop. Three years after, I was back with PASLI friends to run two workshops namely, Work Life Balance and Building Professional Learning Networks. The PASLI Conference that year, 2016, was held in IloIlo City. A few days after, I had a stroke. That is why, in 2017, I missed the annual conference at their invitation but I Darrel Marco and Ann Grace Bansig conducted the session on my behalf. They also received the plaque of appreciation that the association conferred to me. It was a surprise! I only managed to post in my blog my "acceptance speech". When PASLI celebrated its Ruby year in 2018, the officers asked for a video relaying my message of good wishes for the association.

And so, when Cris Laracas and Jude Gorsope sent me an email to join them for dinner to meet Diljit Singh, former President of IASL last July 2018, I said yes. Turned out, it was a dinner to begin initial talks on a  regional IASL workshop in Manila. In less than a year, PASLI pulled through!

Last April 24, 25, 26, more than 150 school librarians in the ASEAN region and in the Philippines attended the 5th IASL Regional Workshop and Annual Summer Conference of PASLI cum National Assembly at the Century Park Hotel, Manila. Present were past officers of PASLI imcluding Madame Leony Galvez who was also there as the assigned monitor and observer of the Board of Librarians (BFL) and the Philippine Regulations Commission (PRC). The regional workshop and conference was a success as it gathered school librarians in Southeast Asia with resources speakers and paper presenters from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and even in the US!

The three day IASL Workshop and PASLI Conference was fun, friendly and full of learning insights!
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