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.