Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Library Orientation as "Interval Training"

At the beginning of the year, grade 9 Foundations classes
Quick! Get those Deweys in order!
completed an "interval training" to learn about using the library. 

The goal: Work in teams to figure out all of the amazing ways the library and its services can help them during the year.

The other goal: No teacher talk!

Here's the doc with handouts for each station and an overview of the lesson. It's a full period (70 minutes) but could easily be broken up into several mini-lessons.

Students document each skill with smartphones and social media. If students don't have phones, they can borrow an iPad and use their email to send their evidence to me.

Skills covered: (links go to station directions)
Finding areas in the library
Finding call numbers
Dewey order & Library Website
Using the catalog
Library in Your Pocket (Installing Destiny and other apps)
Using Resource Lists & QR codes

This is LOUD and lots of fun. 

All you need to do is set up each station as far apart as possible with the directions and any materials needed. I told students "No questions. Read the directions!" and actually did have some groups do it all on their own correctly (!) 


  1. This is fantastic! I'm in love with the idea of taking #shelfies. Thanks for all the great ideas! Sharing the Google Docs is brilliant. :)

  2. Thanks! I modified it for our needs and time limit. Great idea.