Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The School Librarian and the Common Core

"What’s new with Common Core is the increased emphasis on nonfiction in the classroom, but I think the basic skills of encouraging inquiry and discussion, close reading, and synthesizing information across subject areas—that’s just great teaching. I think the standards will encourage more communication between teacher and students to really ensure that the students are absorbing the material, so they’re not just spitting things back out on a test. And I think there is a lot of room within Common Core for creative lesson planning. What I see is that Common Core will make every teacher a literacy teacher, and that will encourage more collaboration with librarians—and not just at school. There is an opportunity here for public librarians, particularly in helping educate parents about what they can expect from Common Core."