Thursday, February 18, 2016

Collaboration, Cookies & Milk

Time, time, time and more time. Ask any teacher what they would like more of and most of them would say time. We know that planning and collaboration uses that most important commodity, time. We’ve read the studies that prove collaboration between librarians and teachers improve test scores. We know from experience that collaboration between teachers and media specialists improve student learning. We can Google sites that tell how to collaborate but making it happen is the challenge. Take charge in making this group effort enjoyable.

  • Work around the classroom teacher’s schedule. Meet when they can meet, even before or after hours. Meetings don’t have to be long and involved. Don’t take all of their planning time; multiple short meetings can work as well as one long one.
  • Do your homework in advance. Know what standards they are teaching. It’s a pleasant surprise when you meet or e-mail them and say “I can help you teach _____.”
  • Share what you know. I try to do a Tech Tuesday whenever possible to share sites that can improve their instruction and their students' learning (PebbleGo, Kahoot, Blendspace, online encyclopedias, etc.).
  • Provide something special. It’s amazing how homemade cookies and treats can brighten a teacher’s day. Is it bribery? Why yes it is. But if that is what it takes, do it.

We truly have the best job in the whole school. The school librarian is the number one customer service job in the school. It is imperative to understand that it is our job to serve teachers, students and administration. And don’t forget to pick up that box of brownie mix the next time you’re in the store. Believe me it will be appreciated.

MNPS Librarian

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