Truly Connected Learning

Connected Learning

 

My learning IS connected! Not only is my passion for developing a valued Mother Tongue collection in the Elementary library making gains, so is my awareness of others with similar passions. The image above was included in the SPELTAC course and I couldn’t feel it is more reflective of my journey than right now.

Using common tags to search our community blogs I was able to identify other SPELTAC teachers who are blogging about Mother Tongue. In fact, Claire is blogging about fostering Mother Tongue language development through home reading and further development of the library’s Mother Tongue collection. Similarly, Lisa is encouraging home reading in Mother Tongue languages to foster language acquisition in our ELL.

My hope is that our blogs will continue to highlight and connect those of us with a shared purpose. Ultimately, connected our community to build a Mother Tongue collection that values the languages of all ISPP students. Although I am curious to follow another of inquiries noted by SPELTAC teachers I am most passionate to follow an inquiry into the value of Mother Tongue collections in international schools such as ISPP.

 

Credit: Connected Learning Research Network and Digital Media & Learning Research Hub

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Being Literate

SPELTAC has really got me rethinking literacy and language learning. If one role of a PYP library is to support literacy, then it makes sense to have a clearer picture of what literacy looks like for learners at ISPP and how I can best support their learning.

Reading more from Silvia Tolisano as she presents her idea of ‘now’ literacies I am struck by how little this reflects a regular day in our library. The literacies that challenge students (and teachers) beyond basic reading and writing, and yet will most benefit ‘fluency’ in their learning journey are highlighted below in Silvia’s poster. Take a look, can you name them?

Source: http://langwitches.org/blog/
Source: http://langwitches.org/blog/

 

SPELTAC may be just one way to increase my own fluency in the ‘now’ literacies and change the way I foster them in our learners. How about yours?