Collaboration is key

Why are some teachers unwilling to collaborate with teacher librarians? They clearly don’t understand that collaboration can lead to positive benefits for all stakeholders, particularly with the teaching of information literacy. Teachers are overwhelmed with planning and programming, and the perfect opportunity to ease their lives is within their grasp. The teacher librarian is an information specialist and expert on information literacy, and they can help teachers to plan lessons effectively and enable students to become critical users of information. Integrating information literacy planned across the curriculum can help students to become lifelong learners and can also help students to better understand the information-saturated world in which they live. However, teachers and teacher librarians must have a shared vision of the learning community. As Todd (2008) argues, collaboration offers the chance for two experts to achieve greater outcomes for themselves and their students. However, it is essential that principals support this collaboration and allow time for programming opportunities and for relationships to build.

Reference:

Todd, R. J. (2008) The dynamics of classroom teacher and teacher librarian instructional collaborations. Scan, 27(2), 19-28.

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