Collaboration in the Time of COVID (Podcast)

Name: Christensen, Kaeley

Topic: CO, Collaborative Teaching, Collaboration, Co-Teaching

APA Citation: Hermon, Amy, E. P. (2018-present). School Librarians United [Audio podcast].

Summary: This podcast, available from the link above, or in apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts, offers a current insight on how librarians can genuinely support classroom learning in a virtual setting. From being more available to attend staff meetings, PLCs with grade levels, and providing forward-thinking assistance, collaboration has never been easier or more appreciated.

Evaluation: This is a podcast I have been listening to for several months now, and I have yet to be disappointed. Along with the audio of this episode, great effort has been made to provide pdf links, slide decks, and applicable examples of how the guest speaker was able and successful at her collaboration with teachers in her multiple school sites simultaneously. There are several “gems”

This podcast has provided incredibly useful resources for me, as a new librarian, as someone relatively new to digital resources, virtual learning spaces, and all things library-related. I encourage you to follow this podcast, as well as School Librarians United on twitter. This is a community you will be grateful to join.

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.

Collaboration in Teacher Design Teams: Untangling the Relationship Between Experiences of the Collaboration Process and Perceptions of the Redesigned Curriculum.

Macchio, Monica


(2019). Collaboration in teacher design teams: Untangling the relationship between experiences of the collaboration process and perceptions of the redesigned curriculum. Studies in Educational Evaluation61, 138–149.

This article is about a case study about teachers and their perceptions of collaborative teaching.  Depicts the positive aspects of teacher design teams.  Teachers are able to put into the curriculum topics of their choice and the article reflects on the teachers’ positive perceptions regarding this process.

Evaluation:  While at times methodical, it was an interesting read and one in which those interested in collaboration should look into.


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!

Collaborative Learning: Group Work

Amdahl, Scott


“Collaborative Learning: Group Work.” (2018) Cornell University. Center for Teaching Innovation. Retrieved from:


This article defines and explains the basic concepts of collaborative learning and group work. It explores what impact group work can have on deeper learning, along with general strategies for creating, managing and evaluating lesson plans.


This is a fairly good, and simple, article that covers the basics of collaborative learning. Using bullet points to define some of the topics, and linkable headings allowing for easy navigation, it explores the topic in an easy to follow format. By giving examples of how to create various group projects, it also clarifies the process and would make it less daunting to integrate group projects into your own classroom.


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