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Adapting the KWL chart to teach Library information literacy

KWL stands for “What do you know? What do you want to know? And “What have you learned?”. Now imagine these three questions as headings in a columned chart and you have your “KWL chart”. Typically this tool for teaching … Continue reading

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Preparing your whole self before teaching

Teaching is an activity that engages various modalities. Besides constructing lesson plans, creating powepoint presentations and workshop activities, instructors also have to perform the function of teaching using all of their physical senses. Similar to other types of public performance, teaching demands that … Continue reading

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What are Your Students’ Real InfoLit Needs? Does it matter?

LINC Teaching Tip October 2014 Me: I’m preparing an information literacy (IL) session. I have the class assignment but I don’t know the IL level or skills of the class. Does it matter? As long as I explain everything clearly … Continue reading

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How do You Determine Your Teaching Philosophy?

“What is the evidence that how we teach is successful?” Neil Haave begs the question in his June Faculty Focus blog post. While observing students and retrieving students’ evaluations can be helpful, Haave also stresses the importance of self-reflection; he … Continue reading

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Students are Already Experts

This month’s Teaching Tip comes to us from The Library Instruction Cookbook once again. This resource provides many activity ideas to spice up your lesson plans, so keep it in mind if you’re revamping your fall classes. The idea behind … Continue reading

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Reflections on WILU 2014

As a first-time attendee at WILU (The Workshop for Instruction in Library Use), I found the conference to be incredibly relevant and invigorating to my liaison work. Sessions ranged from flipped classrooms to LibGuides to in-house professional development, but most … Continue reading

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Spring Clean Your Classes

In light of last month’s post, to self-reflect in order to regain focus and purpose in the classroom, this month we turn to Quality Matters for insight into their peer-review program. Quality Matters, a U.S.-based program, is designed to help … Continue reading

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Teaching Squares: A Recap

After a semester of observations through the Teaching Squares (TS) program offered by CTE, four librarians have emerged as more self-aware instructors. The program is intended to improve instructional skills through observation and self-reflection, with a strong mandate to avoid … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Wikipedia

Librarians are often divided on Wikipedia use for academic research: some steer clear of the site entirely, while others promote its use for the purpose of finding more scholarly references. In the January edition of CRL News, Cate Calhoun discusses … Continue reading

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Comedians of the Classroom

What do librarians and stand-up comedians have in common? Actually, a lot. Both groups regularly work to gain the attention of new audiences for short periods of time, usually between 10-60 mins. And while the content is drastically different, librarians … Continue reading

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