Tuesday, November 15, 2005

AASL

The debate continues as block scheduling versus flexible scheduling in the library media center was a topic of discussion at the October AASL Conference. Interesting comments on this AASL conference blog: http://www.noodletools.com/aasl/archives/120 ALthough I am in favor of a fixed schedule, I did find this point quite interesting...." collaboration is a method not a goal for the Library Media Specialist." And I do believe that a dedicated LMS can be an effective collaborator even in a fixed schedule. It just takes more creativity and maybe a little more time and effort.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

My Opinion

I am in favor of a flex schedule for students in third grade and above. A fixed schedule for the younger children works well. My biggest concern and observation is that the students in a fixed schedule do not seem to transfer what they have learned. Learning, that takes place through isolated skill lessons, stays in the library and connections are not made.

Strong Media Centers DO Affect Learning

Interesting article from Education World that supports strong media centers and connects higher test scores with the LMC. Also brings up the point that not only is the LMC important, but the role of the LMS is invaluable to developing our students into life long learners. http://www.educationworld.com/a_admin/admin/admin178.shtml

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Some thoughts...

Working in a school media center that uses a fixed schedule does require some extra flexibility and creativity by the LMS to work on projects that support curriculum and research. In my library, even though it is a fixed schedule, and a flex schedule does sound enticing, we manage to collaborate with teachers and discuss how we can supplement classroom learning in the media center. It also takes some flexibility on our part, being able and willing to change "skill plans" sometimes is necessary. Teachers are extremely busy, as we are, but through email and lunch discussions, we find the time to collaborate.

Monday, November 07, 2005

LMS fed up with criticism of fixed schedule

To be fair, of course, there is another side of the contraversy. This is a quite irate LMS who is in favor of a fixed schedule and includes his points, well illustrated with specifics. Admitting that Information Power is against a fixed schedule, he is determined to get his point across. http://www.doug-johnson.com/dougwri/trueflex.html

How to move from fixed to flex

This is a great starting point for Library Media Specialists who are attempting to move from a fixed schedule to a flexible schedule in their library. Administrators are the ones who must be convinced that this scheduling would be beneficial to the students and learning environment. Meeting with district administrators and principals can be a daunting task. The LMS must be well prepared with research and statistics to back up the reasoning. Massachusesttes School Library Media Association offers links from their homepage that provides statistics and findings that will help the LMS to convince their proncipal and administration that a flex schedule will help support and meet the goals of the school. http://www.mslma.org/MediaForum/Nov2002/flexsched.html