Clarksville Middle School Clarksville, Maryland Kathy Glascock, Media Specialist Tammi Lynch, Special Education Instructional

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  • Clarksville Middle SchoolClarksville, MarylandKathy Glascock, Media SpecialistKathleen_Glascock@hcpss.orgTammi Lynch, Special Education Instructional Team


  • School FactsSuburban Middle School748 Students90 Staff membersLocated midway between Baltimore and Washington91-94% of students met state standards over last three years

  • Information LiteracyA daily edition of the New York Times contains more information than a 17th century person would have in their entire lifetime. Richard Wurman Information Anxiety, 1989

    How are we preparing students?MONDAY, MARCH 27, 1989

  • Information LiteracyInformation Literacy is the set of skills life-long learners use to locate, evaluate, synthesize, and communicate information for a variety of purposes.How do we build a consistent approach to problem solving?

  • Information Literacy - The Big 6Task Definition Define problem. Identify information needed.

    Information Seeking Strategies Determine all possible sources.

    Location and Access Locate Sources and information.

    How do we handle teachersvaried expectations and differing approaches?

  • Information LiteracyUse of Information Pull out the information and then take notes. Synthesis Organize information. Present the results.Evaluation Judge the result and the process. How do we handle teachers varied expectations and differing approaches?

  • Content Integration6th Grade Reading- Integrating and connecting research skills with literature

    6th Grade English - Integrating into Biography unit

    7th Grade Reading/Math- Stock projectHow can we naturally integrate Information Literacy into the curriculum?

  • Process IntegrationHow do we help our students work smarter, not faster? KnowledgeProcessLearning

  • Knowing our LearnersAccelerated Learners

    Special NeedsHow do we account for the developmental needs of our students?

  • Lessons LearnedComputer skills - responsible use of informationOnline databasesPlagiarismCopyright / fair useCiting SourcesHow do we manage obstacles faced?

  • Positive OutcomesStudents:think more before beginning taskhave more confidence and less anxietyhave more focusConsistent Language Improved Process / OutputHigh school preparednessCounty InitiativeHow do we know we have been successful?

  • Future/County InitiativeInformation Literacy has already been incorporated into:

    Kindergarten & 3rdLibrary MediaReadingSocial StudiesLanguage Arts

    Where do we go from here?

  • Summary PointsThis century will challenge humanity to our very limits. Our role is to prepare the children of the world for that challenge. ~ Richard De Los SantosClarksvilles charge is to prepare our students for the demands of the 21st century. h o w e v e r Given the exponential growth rate of technology, how can we predict what our students will need 10-20 years in the future?

    Kathy In Howard County, Information Literacy is defined asthe set of skills life-long learners use to locate, evaluate, synthesize, and communicateInformation for a variety of purposes.

    Kathy-The Big6 process is a common sense step-by-step process students can use, not only in the classroom, but outside. For example, I want to goto a concert. Task Definition what information do I need? Information Seeking Strategies where can I find the best information? Location and Access what information do I take out?

    Kathy Use of Information what information answers my task? Synthesis how will I organize my information? And Evaluation how did I do? How did the process help me?

    Kathy 6th grade reading was a natural fit with which to begin. I had a wonderful team of teachers who bought in to the process immediately.Lots of dialog with administrators and other content teachers has taken the Big6 into many classrooms.

    Kathy Integrating the Big6 involves applying the six step process to the subject content. This process, plus the subject knowledge equals learning.The Big6 can also be seen in 8th grade Science, 7th grade Social Studies and all levels of reading.

    At Clarksville, we have a 6th grade Reading class of all gifted learners who take four GT content classes. In their Reading class, the GT Resource Teachers teaches extended research strategies with extended requirements, along with instruction in the same basic Big6 skills, language and process.

    With the special needs students, we guide them, model, scaffold and then work towards independence. Because we are repeating language,skills and process, they get the repetition they need for success.

    Kathy/Tammi-As we have progressed year by year, we have learned that some of the students most important skills fit nicely with the Big6 process responsible use of information when using the computer for online database material, addressing plagiarism and copyright use of materials, and the tedious skill of citing sources used.

    Kathy-We are extremely pleased with many of the success stories resulting from our use of the Big6 plus Technology strand. Students think before beginning their research strategies, are more confident and focused, and less anxious. They know and understand the Big6 language and are more preparedgoing into high school, where they will see the process again in 9th grade language arts. And of course, seeing our hard work mirrored in the HowardCounty Information Literacy initiative is a validation of best practices for Clarksville Middle.

    Kathy-A committee of curriculum coordinators and media specialists in Howard County has been formed as a result of our success at Clarksville Middle,and Information Literacy has already been infused into benchmark units in kindergarten, 3rd, 6th, and 9th grades. Resources for embedding Information Literacy objectives into all grade levels will be developed over the next few years.

    Kathy/Tammi-Developing general information problem-solving skills as well as proficiencies in specific technologies and research processes is a major focus inEducation today The Big6 is a tried and tested approach to research information and technology skills instruction that classroom teachers and media specialists can use to make an immediate impact on student performance.