Collaborating for Project-Based Learning in Grades 9-12

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Overview

This is the book that high school media specialists have been asking for!Finally, a project-based approach to student learning in high school featuring the school library media specialist in a starring leadership role in the school improvement process!

• Includes how-to directions for project-based learning for high school students

• Find scientifically-based research incorporated into actual practice

• See both theory and practice in active collaboration to bring authentic examples of the school media specialist's leadership role in school improvement

• Use the best rubrics and plans you can ever imagine today with your students and teachers

Experienced and award-winning librarians collaborate to bring you the book you need to employ best practices with high school students. It is all here in this book—the why, the what, and the how.Allow these wise authors to affirm what the school librarian knows: that collaborating with teachers to guide high school students in inquiry-based learning is an effective practice. Watch learning soar as students are deeply engaged in their meaningful school work.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This practical, research-based volume is packed with project-based ideas for the high school teacher-librarian and partnering classroom teachers. Based on the solid experience of its authors, the curricular ideas include thoughtful questions, connections with standards, timelines, assessment checkpoints, rubrics, resources, and descriptions of effective student work. A welcome addition to the professional collection for any high school. Highly recommended. Professional."

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Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

"If you believe, as these authors do, that 'an entire generation of kids will fail to make the grade in the global economy because they can't think their way through abstract problems, work in teams…,' you will find this study of the role of collaboration in project-based learning an excellent source. They have researched and made a compelling case that project-based learning not only serves the student best but allows teachers and librarians to become instructional leaders. Then they follow it with clear and concise methods to achieve authentic school improvement and student learning. They have included lesson plans, rubrics, and templates for the professional educator to follow and use. Their organization, writing style, and documentation are easy to use and understand. If you are ready to try project-based learning (and the book has a section on making sure you are) then you couldn't ask for a better book. Highly Recommended."

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Library Media Connection

"The first chapter provides an excellent introduction to project-based learning (PGL) which lays the ground work for the rest of the book's focus. . . . This book provides a huge jump start to teachers and middle and high school librarians that need to incorporate project-based learning into their curriculum. With the background and project outlines provided in Collaborating for Project-Based Learning in Grads 9-12, educators will be able to create their own project-based learning lessons and units that are uniquely suited to their students' needs, and strengths."

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Colorado Association of Libraries

VOYA - Elsworth Rockefeller
Based on coursework at the Kapolei High School in Hawaii and written by three experienced library science professionals, this resource offers school media specialists insight into learning opportunities available through project-based learning (PBL). Written for high school educators, with a focus on the integral role of library media specialists in developing and implementing a school-wide PBL environment, the text opens with a clear, detailed, and accessible definition of PBL, puts PBL in context with school reform and the issue of school drop-out rates, moves toward explaining and illustrating the school media specialist's responsibilities in maintaining standards of information literacy throughout the PBL process, and reviews the necessary steps in planning actual projects. The bulk of the book is dedicated to detailed examples of projects used in a high school environment, which will empower educators to start using PBL strategies immediately. Thoughtful organization makes this text work as both a cover-to-cover read and a quick reference text. Although the book could easily serve as an introduction to the concept of PBL, professionals with an understanding of the practice will also benefit from exploring this timely, detailed narrative; the lesson plans and reproducible materials will prove applicable to many educational settings. The well-written text demonstrates the authors' passion for PBL. Impressive works-cited lists follow each section, and the balance of theory and practical guidance make the book a sure fit for most high school-based professional collections. Reviewer: Elsworth Rockefeller
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586832919
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,459,822
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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