USA Study Trip Meeting 6 – Tabitha Johnson at The School at Columbia University

Meeting 6 – 26.10.11, 10.30am

Tabitha Johnson, Librarian at The School at Columbia University, Private K-8 School

Reasons for Meeting

  • I wanted to include a range of private and public schools
  • Tabitha does a lot of work on teaching research skills using ipads
  • They have a lot of Spanish teaching in the school and I wanted to see how they support this in the library

Seen/discussed

  • I observed Tabitha give a great 45 minute lesson to Grade 3 students on connecting subject headings to picture books, with each group of children using an ipad to check back to the library catalogue as they went
  • I heard some of the other things they do with ipads
  • Walked around the library to see the design
  • Discussed team-teaching versus librarian doing all teaching – Tabitha teaches on her own as that’s the way the timetable worked, but she said her personal preference would generally be team teaching
  • Skills Tabitha teaches to different age levels – I was surprised and impressed at what she expected children in Grade 4 and 5 to do – this was quite a wake-up call to me that we really need to challenge students at Shrewsbury, and look to teach much higher level skills in both Junior and Senior school

Josie to take away

  • Get involved with research skills teaching during KS2 library lessons
  • Consider starting research skills teaching at KS1 level as well as KS2
  • Have a look online at Patrick Karmen scary stories – are these only available through ipad, or also online?
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Children's/teen librarian working in an international school in Thailand.
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