Launching Life Long Learners

Applying Standards for the 21st Century Learner

How can you, a Library/Media Center Professional, launch life-long learners?

Your students look to you to provide an environment that makes them feel safe, stimulated, and empowered to:

  • Identify appropriate texts in multiple formats (print, visual, audio)
  • Read and understand them
  • Use critical thinking to interpret new information and apply it to learning objectives and personal growth

A Snap Shot of Standards in your Library/Media Center

An Overview

Standard 1 -- Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.

Standard 2 -- Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.

Standard 3 -- Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society

Standard 4 -- Pursue personal and aesthetic growth.

SKILLS. . . (1.1, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1. . .A Summary)

Students identify main, overarching inquiry: what do I want to know, and why do I want to know it? They ask, and explore the answers to:

  • What information do we have already from class texts? From other texts, traditional and nontraditional?
  • What smaller questions will lead us to answering the main question? How do we find these answers?
  • Is our new information reliable? Why?

DISPOSITIONS . . .(1.2, 2.2, 3.2, 4.2. . .A Summary)

  • Students take questions a step further. They reflect and collaborate to refine inquiry question to be more specific.
  • Students use creativity to adapt focus, find new resources, and place them in context.
  • Students learn persistence and commitment to complete their inquiry, despite challenges (missing information, unreliable sources).

RESPONSIBILITIES. . .(1.3, 2.3, 3.3, 4.3. . .A Summary)

  • Students master the concepts of intellectual property (citations and copyright laws).
  • Students seek and acknowledge the existence of different perspectives.

SELF-ASSESSMENT STRATEGIES. . .(1.4, 2.4, 3.4, 4.4. . .A Summary)

  • Students use self assessment, teacher assessment, and peer feedback to guide progress and and enhance outcome.
'Harrisburg Academy's Middle School Library Program

American Association of School Librarians, Bernardsville branch

Monday, June 15th, 7:30-9:30pm

This is an online event.

21st Standards

Join us to discuss Standards for the 21st- Century Learners.

What do you think? Tell us!

This AASL "Standards" interactive flyer brought to you by. . .

Ms. Diane Dunay, Library/Media Center Specialist at Bernardsville Middle School, Bernardsville, NJ.