It is the goal of the Bateman School Library to be a place that creates lifelong learners, readers, and critical thinkers, a place that fosters a community of learning and literacy that leads to high academic achievement, as well as a place that supports collaboration throughout the school. In other words, the Bateman School Library especially focuses on the following four objectives:
- to teach information literacy skills
- to support the curriculum at each grade level
- to provide access to resources to all students and staff
- to promote reading
A school library is essential for learning because it celebrates reading appreciation and provides equal access to information. In addition, a 21st century learner needs 21st century skills that a library science program provides. A library empowers and motivates learners by providing them with self-selected books to read for pleasure and assists in navigating various information technologies that would otherwise be an unsupervised digital playground.
A Day in a Library Science Class
A class begins with Mrs. Kelly welcoming students to the library, taking attendance and selecting teacher assistants to help catch and reward students following The Blaze Ways in the library. Student volunteers read aloud the content and language objectives for the day, and possible questions are addressed. Most often, a mini lesson follows using the "I-We-You" gradual release model where students showcase their learning by working in small groups to boost collaboration further. Then, students check out books, and if time allows, they have the possibility to read, to practice typing skills via www.typing.com/ (Grades 5-6), to code via code.org/ and/or to work on research-based assignments. During the last few minutes of class, we review the day, discuss key concepts, address questions and sometimes respond to closing assessment tasks. Students are then dismissed to their next class.
Library Science Themes by Quarter 2017-18
Please click on the link above to see a table of our themes and standards by quarter for Grades 5-8. The Illinois Standards Aligned Instruction for Libraries (I-SAIL) as presented by the Illinois School Library Media Association includes five overlying standards:
Standard 1: Access information efficiently and effectively to inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.
Standard 2: Evaluate information critically and competently.
Standard 3: Use information accurately, creatively, and ethically to share knowledge and to participate collaboratively and productively as a member of a
Standard 4: Appreciate literature and other creative expressions of thoughts and ideas and pursue knowledge related to personal interests and aesthetic growth.
Standard 5: Understand and practice internet safety when using any electronic media for educational, social, or recreational purposes.
"Without libraries, what do we have? We have no past and no future."
~ Ray Bradbury