Seeing students utilize the information literacy skills you’ve previously taught them in a new context and independently without it being a mandate is probably one of the most joyful experiences as a librarian and teacher. Take a look at how one of our inquiry groups is growing as budding researchers and demonstrating these skills, dispositions, responsibilities, and self-assessment strategies from the AASL Standards for 21st Century Learners:
- 1.1.8 Demonstrate mastery of technology tools for accessing information and pursuing inquiry.
- 1.2.1 Display initiative and engagement by posing questions and investigating the answers beyond the collection of superficial facts.
- 1.1.9 Collaborate with others to broaden and deepen understanding.
- 1.2.2 Demonstrate confidence and self-direction by making independent choices in the selection of resources and information.
- 1.2.7 Display persistence by continuing to pursue information to gain a broad perspective.
- 1.4.1 Monitor own information-seeking processes for effectiveness and progress, and adapt as necessary.
- 1.4.2 Use interaction with and feedback from teachers and peers to guide own inquiry process.
- 3.2.3 Demonstrate teamwork by working productively with others.