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Claire Engle, Director of Digital Learning and Innovation
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Modern Media Curriculum
In the past, school library visits involved memorable read-aloud stories, the search for the perfect book, and learning research skills in isolation. Today, Howell Township schools have transformed their Library Media Centers into 21st Century Inquiry Centers, integrating S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) applications to create a dynamic and engaging curriculum.
From Stories to Solutions
Imagine students reading the classic fairy tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Instead of merely listening to the story, they are tasked with an inquiry-based challenge: design a lock to prevent Goldilocks from entering the Bears' home. Using provided materials, students design, test, and present their solutions, transforming from engaged listeners to active problem solvers. This S.T.E.A.M.-based approach layers literature, research, and science, allowing students to experience stories on multiple levels and develop critical thinking skills.
Inquiry-Based Learning Across Grades
Our Media Centers support inquiry-based learning for all students, from kindergarten through eighth grade. Students explore topics such as the Titanic, bridge design, or recycling, with an emphasis on problem-solving, teamwork, and independent thinking. The focus is on the approach to learning rather than the specific topic, fostering a versatile and adaptable mindset.
MakerSpaces: Hands-On Learning
Media specialists provide opportunities for hands-on exploration through MakerSpaces. These creative spaces allow students to engage in activities like Lego building, crocheting, and origami, promoting experimentation and innovation without fear of failure. MakerSpaces have become integral to both public and school libraries, supporting inquiry beyond books and computers.
Cultivating a Love of Learning
Our Media Centers play a crucial role in developing a lifelong love of learning, reading, and books. Encouraging students to read together and discuss their books fosters an appreciation for literature and enhances their reading skills.
Resources for Parents
Parents can support their children's reading journey by utilizing resources like Reading Rockets, which offers useful strategies for helping children become successful readers. Visit Reading Rockets Parent Tips for tips to ignite your child's love for reading.