Have you ever heard the saying “two heads are better than one”? When thinking about collaboration between classroom teachers and media specialists, this statement couldn’t be more true. Collaboration has been shown to lead to increased student success (Marcoux, 2007). It allows teachers and media specialists to continuously improve by learning from each other in a non-threatening way (Marcoux, 2007). If students benefit and teachers benefit, then collaboration is an essential piece of the education puzzle. 

There are various models and levels of collaboration; they range from sharing resources to sharing teaching and assessment responsibilities (Marcoux, 2007; Loertscher, 2000). As Common Core State Standards are implemented, some teachers and media specialists will need to rework and recreate lessons. As this process begins, there are ample opportunities to work together. If you are interested in collaborating on any level, please stop by the media center, send me an email, or sign up for a time on my schedule. Feel free to send me a topic ahead of time, so I can gather resources to have available. Below is a partial list of ideas for collaboration, but any idea is worth discussion.

Collaboration ideas:

  • SMART Response Devices
  • Database instruction
  • Search strategies
  • Note taking
  • Choosing good books
  • Making Movies
  • Glogster
  • Making PowerPoints Better
  • Inquiry Research Method
  • Citations
  • Text Evaluation
  • And many others!

If you’d like to schedule to time to send small groups of students or whole classes, feel free to sign up using the calendars in our email program. If you need to send students individually, you can send them with a pass.

The Library Media Specialist Taxonomy of Collaboration. From David Loertscher’s Taxonomies of the School Library Media Program (Libraries Unlimited, 2000).
Marcoux, B. L. (2007). Levels of collaboration: Where does your work fit in? School Library Media Activities Monthly, 24(4).

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