( Blog six ) – Reflection On St. Luke’s Evangelist Catholic school library

Question :

Reflect on your visit to the St.Luke the Evangelist Catholic  school library . Identify at least three ways that Ms. Mistele supports the goals and values of the Together for Learning OSLA document. 

Answer : 

 The first thing I would identify that Ms. Mistele supports the goals and values of the Together for Learning OSLA document is the Inquiry Model – on page 23. – The model is to expand, engage, extend and provide a student when exploring, analyzing his/her topic or subject.  The inquiry process requires an individual to look deeper and beyond the obvious, examine information for validity, point of view and bias, and construct meaning from all of these endeavours. ( Together for learning OSLA document, 2015) . I notice the Inquiry Model on the wall beside all the bright colorful hand drawn poster of how to research correctly. She would have this as a goal and value because in the learning commons environment  teachers, teacher-librarians, Librarian information and technician even parents are supporting students to  explores their interest, makes use of all resources – print or electronic- to deepen their questions on their research topic. How the inquiry model is divided is by phase; Exploring, Investigating, Processing and Creating.

Exploring – Is there topic appropriate ? What do they know or what to know about the topic? What can the audience take from this topic when he/she present??

Investigating –  What resources are available for their topic? Is there topic clear and do they understand what they are searching for? Is there information reliable ? 

Processing-  Once student has enough information for their research topic, how much are they going to use ? Have student gone over and analyze and organize their findings ?

Creating – How is student going to use the information they found for their topic, how is it going to be presented? – report, power point , display ?

The second reason why I would identify Ms.Mistele supports the goals and values of the Together for learning OSLA document is how the school learning common is set up as space. When my class enter the learning commons, I notice how bright the room was- Not talking about the lighting- I am talking about how comfortable and homey it felt to be in the room. The room was a open concept with yellow mellow walls, with low book shelves along the wall, seven, four book shelves with baskets on top, 28 netbooks farther back, a set of tables and chairs, a smart board, projector and a tv. There more; reference/ circulation desk where patrons can check out their materials ( kindergarten to eight patron’s), a section for teacher resources as well parent resources and much more. The space is for use for everyone.  It’s a library, a classroom and computer room in one room that can hold than three classes in it . I found it amazing that Ms. Mistele can take such a small space to turn it into a place for everyone from being  a child of four years old to a teacher looking for education material. The space values the Together for learning document because The Learning Commons provides a space where everyone in a school can work together. Teachers, teacher-librarians, principals, technical staff,
students… all can collaborate in learning partnerships. And all can switch
the emphasis from teaching to learning. ( Together for Learning, pge 7. 2015).  Ms. Mistele mention that she can have a class in the room then do her librarian duties then have a meeting with the members of the school board. The room can just be multiple roles than before when it was just a school library to deliver the curriculum teachers and students need to be successful. As well, Ms. Mistele has set up the learning commons to support events, activities to encourage students to read. There is book clubs, Me to We day, Forest of reading, take a book a day for the younger students and much more to support teachers.

The final reason I would identify that Ms. Mistele supports the goals and values of the Together for Learning OSLA document is that in her class she has many tools that involve using technology – computers, 28 Netbooks, a Smart board, a Apple projector ( to use a IPAD only) TV, DVD player, and ten apple Ipads soon to be 20 Ipads. Educators of today understand that when students are provided with rich learning experiences and opportunities to explore areas of interest, they learn better. When they’re given tools to solve problems and encouraged to think creatively, they’re ultimately better equipped to make useful connections with the real world ( Together for learning.page 4  2015.) . Ms.Mistele mention to provide the best resources for her clients that come in for reference questions and use technology as a key tool since not everyone has access to technology as other privileged clients do. She would give lesson how to use the Ipad, how to use their library database and catalogue – the kindergartens know how to check books out for themselves. Ms. S. teaches the class on how to do a research inquiry to the grades two and three which will help them succeed as they get older and have to start writing thesis and reports . Ms. S can teach the teachers new programs that teachers can use in their curriculum which then can be taught to the students parents to encourage and support their needs from home.

She values at east these three goals and values because not every school district is going to have and provided the resources such as books, e books, large print, electronic outlines in the collection, provide any more technology such as I pads or computers, or extra chairs and desk,  she been  able to gain and attain over the years as well, may not have the staff that needed in a school library because I ask her what her thoughts were on whether or not, a school library is best suited to have a teacher librarian or LIT ? Her answer was both because of how a teacher librarian need support from the LIT  for her librarian duties than teaching duties.

work citation 

The Ontario school library  association. ( 2015) . ( page 23 ) .Together for learning. Discover and Guided inquiry.Toronto, On. Author. OSLA

The Ontario school library  association. ( 2015) . ( page 7). Together for learning. The learning commons creates empowered learners.  Toronto, On. Author. OSLA

The Ontario school library  association. ( 2015) . ( page  4 ) .Together for learning.  The New Learner .Toronto, On. Author. OSLA


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One Response to ( Blog six ) – Reflection On St. Luke’s Evangelist Catholic school library

  1. Sue says:

    re: Marg’s learning commons – WOW! Exceptionally well researched.


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