Carolina Gallegos – Drama teacher
Clara González – Year 6 English Language teacher assistant
Karen Roberts – Year 6 English Language teacher
As the year went by, 6th graders were able to rediscover the library making good use of what our library offers. This required interaction, investigation and discussion which was achieved by integrating traditional teaching strategies with technology.
At the beginning of the year we set clear objectives for our library period. We decided to have a period a week that would reinforce the English Language curriculum, but at the same time provide the children with options and choices which would engage them. This project would promote and enhance literature appreciation, fluency, creativity, technology skills, digital and global citizenship, collaboration, innovation and the strengthening and development of values.
We were convinced that this new approach regarding the use of the library was the right one, but we were not sure it was going to work out as we did not know which was going to be the children’s reaction to it.
We are happy to say that we finished this school year meeting our objectives completely. Students were extremely engaged with everything that was going on during our Monday periods. We teachers carefully planned every phase and guided the children through them. Students were pleased to have freedom of choice, accessibility to technology, independence to organize themselves and to work collaboratively fostering interdependence. Even though this kind of work was new to them and changed completely compared with the one done in the library during previous years, they were still able to respect library rules and habits of work.
Our project’s outcome surpassed our expectations. We encourage teachers to rediscover their own library periods in a creative an innovative way, inspiring students to kindle their love for reading through meaningful practice.
And now… what comes to 6th graders’ minds when they think about the library period?