Learning Environments

Guyer, Wendy

Topic: Collaboration (CO)

Bibliographic Citation:
Ritchhart, R. (2015). Environment: Using space to support learning and thinking. In Ritchhart, R., Creating cultures of thinking : The 8 forces we must master to truly transform our schools (pp. 227-260). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

While this book discusses transformational changes that schools can make in order to make thinking visible, this chapter (Chapter 9) specifically focuses on the school environment and how the spaces within a school can support learning and thinking through collaboration.

The chapter is a quick read with anecdotal stories. It shows many types of learning spaces and discusses the common threads within these spaces to promote collaboration and learning.

“Librarying” outside the library

Posted by: Ellis, Ruth, CO

Caladaza, B. (2019). “Librarying” outside the library. Knowledge Quest, 47(4), 36–43. Retrieved from https://search-ebscohost-com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ehh&AN=134920242&site=ehost-live&scope=site

In this article, Caladaza (2019) highlights programming successes from her area that come from libraries working with subject teachers outside of the library (p. 38). For example, she discusses classroom activities created with the input of subject teachers with the librarians to enhance the curriculum: scavenger hunts for a research capstone class, Dia de los Muertos events in foreign language classrooms, constitutional amendment activities in government, etc. (Caladaza, 2019, p. 38). She describes several of these events, including author visits and a reading contest. The programs she describes range from co-teaching to collaborating with community members to hosting state competitions.  I thought this article was an interesting discussion of the ways that a teacher librarian can collaborate with other stakeholders in a school’s community. While I might have wanted to read more of the key details in how she and her team accomplish this, I do think this article is a great example of how a librarian can develop the role similar to the ways we’ve been discussing in class.