This Canvas Needs a Frame
Friday, March 27, 2015
Posted by: Nathan Swartzendruber
Designing a lesson plan can be nerve-wracking when you're
doing it for the first time. What can you assume students
already know? How much time should you spend defining terms and giving
background? How much talking-about and how much discussion should there
be? And who can you talk to who's taught this subject before, please?
A framework can organize your approach to the classroom.
It doesn't provide a lesson plan outline. Instead, it lays out concepts
about learning that can direct your teaching. If one of these guiding
principles is that research is built on previous knowledge, you might
spend class time asking students what they know about a topic to find
what you can build on. Otherwise your students might not be familiar
enough with your examples to understand why one is better than another.
ACRL's recently-released Framework for
Information Literacy for Higher Education works this way.
It's built of six frames that describe information literacy and what
activities promote it. The Framework was revised through a
process that included the release of several drafts, and feedback
from individuals, committees and the ACRL Board.
Lots of work has been done, and plenty remains as librarians become
familiar with the Framework and decide how to embrace and how
to resist the confines and flexibilities offered by it. Whether
you're taking your first step into a classroom or are more practiced,
the Framework offers many ways to approach students.
- Nathan Swartzendruber, SWON Technology Educator
the Framework: Information Literacy for Higher Education and Beyond on
Craig Gibson, co-chair of the ACRL task force charged with creating
the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education,
will be the featured speaker at this SLA/SWON event. The program also
includes Q&A with Craig and a panel discussion.
If you're getting familiar with the Framework, this is a great
opportunity to learn more and discuss it with your peers. Join us at the
University of Cincinnati on April 20th, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. (SWON's
paying for the parking.) Registration will open soon at SLA's calendar.
Looking for Performers?
SWON's Performer's Showcase has moved online, with YouTube clips
available for many of the performers. Listings also include contact
information and a website.
Performers are listed in a variety of categories: Magicians, Jugglers, Illusionists;
Animal Programs; Singers,
Musicians, Music Creation Programs; Storytellers; and Theatre, Dance, Art, Puppetry.
If you know of performers who'd like to be listed here or know
performers you'd like to share, we're glad to add to the Showcase.
Contact Racheal at firstname.lastname@example.org
with the details.