NCHS Library News
NCHS librarians have been working with district curriculum leaders and K-8 librarians to align research models from kindergarten through twelfth grade. This will help learners recognize and build upon prior research knowledge as they move through their academic career at NCPS.
As often as possible, NCHS library responds to texted queries from students. Learners may text their reference questions to (615) 669 6670. Librarians learn what students do not know through these exchanges which helps to inform instruction, avoiding over-teaching, and targeting real learning gaps. It provides learners with personalized instructional support as well. An analysis of texted exchanges between librarians 9th graders working on the “Museum Project” - a formative assessment involving several phases of inquiry - revealed that students were deeply appreciative of this service. Sandwiched between “PM” and “AM” (143 messages were sent in the afternoon/evening hours as opposed to 21 in the morning hours), was the word “Thank”, which appeared 26 times in approximately 80 student messages. What follows are the number of instances in which each of the following words appeared in student inquiries.
Librarians added a much needed resource to THE ANNEX@, the library’s humanities instructional portal. In the top left corner, learners will find “Who published that newspaper?”, which will lead visitors to information that will help students cite newspapers correctly.
S.T.E.M. to S.T.E.A.M.
The Science Technology Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) librarian taught an art history lesson, featuring an introduction to Photorealism - Hyperrealism to NCHS drawing classes. The lesson included research instruction on finding background information on art movements.