Discovery Den

McGillis, Jennifer


Berg, K., Kramer, J., & Werle, M. (2019). Implementing and Evaluating Instructional Partnerships. Knowledge Quest47(3), 32–38. Retrieved from

Summary: This article discusses the need for students in Bismark, ND to have “success skills,” which translate to the 4 C’s; creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication, and they believe this is achieved through project based learning (PBL).  It was also determined that the traditional library model was no longer conducive to the 21st century skills they were promoting. They transformed the library into a “Discovery Den” where the teacher librarian plays a vital role in collaborating with the teachers of the school on the students learning. The article also discusses the importance of a personalized learning environment, where students can “own their education.”

Evaluation: I found this article very helpful, it has a lot of real life practical ideas and reaffirms that many of the ideas we have discussed in class are what teachers and librarians are finding works in the real world. The author even talks about hearing her district being mentioned as a model to look at when she is listening to What Schools Could Be by Ted Dintersmith which was very exciting.


A Prime Co-Teaching Opportunity

Taylor, Diana


Jones, T. N. (2016, March 5). A Prime Co-Teaching Opportunity. Retrieved from

Summary: In this article, Jones discusses what it means for librarians to collaborate alongside of teachers and provides various co-teaching structures that can work. When just starting out, she recommends strategies for how to find likely partners of collaboration, how to find what research projects are planned, what to do next, and how to incorporate technology. She provides an overview the seven models of co-teaching. She also provides an overview of her “team teaching” model experience working with another teacher.

Evaluation: This article is particularly useful to new individuals going into the teacher librarian profession. It gave very specific strategies on how to support classroom instruction, so it was very real world applicable in terms of take away points.

Piloting the Learning Commons

Jay, Jessica


Murray, E. (2015). Piloting the learning commons: Coteaching and collaboration between a classroom teacher and a teacher librarian. 43(1), 18-24.


This article focused on the collaboration efforts of a 3rd grade classroom teacher and a teacher librarian.  The media center was changed into a learning common area with the classroom teacher and the teacher librarian collaborating together to teach students.  This article detailed a successful coteaching plan between a teacher librarian and a general educator. This study proved to be academically advantageous to students, as well.  


The results of this study were inspiring to me as a future teacher librarian.  To have a space that isn’t set aside just once a week for ‘library class’, but instead is transformed into a common, easily accessible learning area, is very exciting.  The students benefit, as well as the teachers. I’d love to try this model when I am officially a teacher librarian!