ETL 501 topic 7 – Information services to staff and students
Teachers in a school have a range of information needs which can be met by the teacher librarian. These needs include:
- information on curriculum planning;
- information on a specific subject area (to keep up to date);
- information on current developments in teaching;
- information on the use of ICT in the curriculum;
- information on information literacy;
- information on relevant print and electronic resources for learning and teaching in their subject area; and
- information on what the teacher librarian can do for them.
Three key factors a TL needs to take into account before offering information services in a primary school:
- What information does the teacher/grade level already have at their disposal for their teaching and professional/personal learning?
- check their planners
- check existing resource lists
- find out how the Tech Integrator’s role is/should be different from the role of the TL
- find out from grade level leaders and PYP coordinator/principal about Personal Learning Network (PLN) groups and current readings/tasks/projects
2. What are the expected communication norms or Essential Agreements for teacher collaboration?
- are specialists included in planning meetings?
- is email the best way to communicate or individual face to face meetings better?
- how much information/email is too much?
3. What level of classroom teaching involvement does the Educational Admin team expect of the TL and how can that level be scaled up/down?