Reflections in the Library Learning Commons: Collaboration
by Jennifer Brown
Author focus - Thinking about the theme of TMC6, Participatory Learning in the LLC, I found myself full of ideas but struggling to narrow my focus. At the same time, I was working with our entire school community to explore a variety of new tools and resources in our library learning commons including a giant floor size map, podcasting equipment and various methods of pedagogical documentation. I ultimately realized that collaboration was the big idea that connected all of this work and since developing a climate of collaboration is essential for truly authentic participatory learning I had found my focus. Using an action research approach I began to map out my own understanding of collaboration in my library learning commons practice. Looking back at my first experience as a teacher librarian almost 10 years ago I ventured to document and share how collaborative learning opportunities impact student learning and educator practice. Initially, I planned to write a paper for this submission, but as I sketched out my thinking and revisited supporting research I realized that I needed to explore alternative methods of sharing my learning. My intention is to continue to maintain and update the Google Site, Reflections from the LLC, with new podcasts, resources and documentation slides.
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