Can you elaborate on what works for you in your school. 20 - 40 classes a month! Wow! That's awesome. How did you get to that point?
I do have a formal arrangement to teach as part of a 6 teacher rotation in Freshman Seminar. For the rest of the time I am free to collaborate with my teachers as needed. I have between 20 and 40 classes per month in the library. We are an inquiry based school.
I work in a high school media center and we do not have any formal assessments for students either. I work with classroom teachers, mostly the freshman humanities, freshman integrated science, and writing classes but I do see others like wellness, english & social studies, etc. I do work around the classroom teacher's schedule. The teacher collaboration is often difficult because of scheduling but we try to get together before we have classes to touch base and go over things. As far as getting information to students and staff, I use my library webpage, blog, twitter, and often times go to department meetings for the English & Social Studies departments to give them new information. I would love to have more time with teachers, but without another person in the media center, leaving the media center id often not possible.
I've haven't found a way to reach all of the kids at the high school level and we don't have any formal arrangement for teaching research skills. The freshman orientation this year was geared more toward getting the students in the library, letting them explore the library and telling them about the library staff and services. Research instruction happens at all grade levels. It happens often, but not regularly. Some teachers like to collaborate on research projects and some don't. I agree with someone on the listserv who said that the most successful research instruction happens when the kids actually have a graded project that they are working on for class. I've just started at Exeter, so I'm still figuring things out, but we are working on a vertical curriculum in our district, so maybe I'll be able to sell the English or Social Studies department on using Trails with all Freshmen next year.
It was suggested after my question on listserv, that this might be a good topic for here. I am working in a high school for the first time this year and struggling with getting the research information out to the students. Wondering how other high school librarians teach their classes? Do you get to collaborate with other teachers regularly? Do you have some that do not want to collaborate (something I am dealing with)? Do you deal with only freshmen? Do you use TRAILS?
I would love any and all feedback on this issue. Thanks!