ALA Unit/Subunit: AASL
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Come learn how a high school math teacher and a librarian created a yearlong, interdisciplinary, STEM-centered project that integrates AASL standards throughout. Inquiry-based learning and STEM are both hot topics in modern libraries, but many school librarians gravitate more naturally to language and social studies content when promoting rich inquiry experiences. Meanwhile, many math and science teachers think the library is not relevant to their classes. This disconnect can be hard to overcome, so let's analyze one approach to see what can be learned. Discover how exploring open-ended, creative scenarios with students resulted in deeper learning and higher test scores in STEM classes. (Hint: It involved sunglasses and aliens.) We’ll be open about the mistakes we made, the strategies that worked, the successes, and the oh-so-real challenges of collaborating outside our comfort zones. Bring some curiosity and a sense of fun, and get ready to dream up your next big adventure in teaching and learning!