I ran across this chart today either in my reader or twitter feed (not sure which or I would give more accurate credit!) It got me thinking what would the ideal school library media program look like to a visitor. Now I know we have our standards (nope–not linking to ’em) as well as vision of best practice. I have my own set of personal standards as well, but this is targeting a visitor and what they see as well as what it might mean.
For example, here is a reference to furniture in the classroom and the implication:
POSSIBLE REASONS TO WORRY
|FURNITURE||Chairs around tables to facilitate interaction
Comfortable areas for learning, including multiple “activity centers”
Open space for gathering
|Chairs all facing forward or (even worse) desks|
Now of course this is superficial, and looks can be deceiving. But I’d like to see some of the library people and/or education gurus from my PLN make some comparisons using the same chart but this time applying it to the library, or Virtual Learning Commons as David Loertscher wants to call it. If you are reader, that means YOU. Either leave a comment or visit my wiki and add food for thought. I’m interested in what you think!
The categories are being compared by “Good Signs” and “Possible Reasons to Worry.” The criteria being compared for the classroom are:
- On the Walls
- Students’ Faces
- Location of the Teacher
- Teacher’s Voice
- Students’ Reaction to a Visitor
- Class Discussion
- Around the School
Now of course not all these lend themselves to being used to compare school library programs, but some of them could. Feel free to add your thoughts and even more criteria to the wiki (or leave them here in the comments.) But first read through the original chart. Also, I encourage those who add content to the wiki to leave a name in parenthesis to your ideas!