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The library collaboration and flexible…

The library collaboration and flexible scheduling toolkit : everything you…

by Andria C. Donnelly

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Collaboration and flexible scheduling are defined in various ways despite efforts in the research community to center the definition of collaboration around the idea of coteaching. Reading Andria’s book is somewhat like reading a journal diary of a second-year teacher librarian who, with administrative support, has launched her own flavor of collaboration in two different schools but one administrator. She truns her experiences into a manual for others who would like to pursue a similar journey. And, she includes accounts of other teacher librarians who have succeeded at their own quest for this role. While we recommend this book, we would recommend that anyone interested in collaboration and coteaching and the flexible schedule also read Coteaching and Collaboration: How and Why Two Heads are Better Than One edited by Loertscher and Koechlin (published by Teacher Librarian Press) that contains many helpful articles collected from Teacher Librarian magazine across the past five years. One of the major problems with efforts thus far with flexible scheduling is the either/or position taken by many teacher librarians. In the transformation of the library to library learning commons, both fixed and flex can co-exist so that a huge fight with teachers becomes irrelevant. For those who do collaborate, one technique that appears in the sample lessons of Donnelly’s book is that when children come to the library for a collaborative lesson, the two adults split the class into two groups. Such a practice spoils the idea of coteaching instantly so that isolated teaching diminishes instantly the power of the collaboration. We would love to read the second installment in this journey when a library learning commons program includes makerspaces, cotaught lessons powered by technology, where creativity and problem solving is featured, and where a Virtual Learning Commons has pushed the school into a giant collaborative learning environment
  davidloertscher | Mar 12, 2016 |
A primer for those who still think about library schedules as either flexible or rigid. The hybrid design of the schedule, as well as the issue of the professional not needing to facilitate every situation library related isn’t addressed well. The research that is cited is well done, but there a holes in that research. Collaboration is a huge issue that this book explores. It has been well researched and documented in recent years by the school library field, yet current prevailing theory on collaboration isn’t well explored.. This book lends itself to beginners in the school library field, or to those who inherit a situation (fixed scheduling) and want to adjust it or change it to totally flexible, but the issue of the perception of flexible scheduling by others in the education world isn’t well addressed. If you are interested in risk-taking and exploring what works best for learning, this isn’t for you.
  BettyM | May 13, 2015 |
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