Libraries play a central role in the implementation of programmes at any school. In an IB school, the library promotes and supports the teaching and development of transdisciplinary skills, international-mindedness, the IB learner profile, and PYP attitudes and concepts. It connects with the whole school and community to ensure access to information on global issues and diverse perspectives. In addition, the teacher -librarian collaborates with class teachers to help students acquire the information literacy skills needed as inquirers, lifelong learners and readers.
As a new teacher-librarian, I wanted students and teachers to view the library as a hub of learning. With this in mind at the beginning of this academic year, I collaborated with teachers to host a library orientation with each class from PG B until PYP 6 as part of our way to promote widespread use of the library. The big idea behind this activity was to shift everyone’s mindset about the role of the library in students’ quest for answers to their inquiries.
Together with class teachers, we developed a variety of learning engagements in the library. The planning and teaching were done collaboratively with teachers at all year levels to ensure the success of this event. Learning engagements included a library tour, a scavenger hunt, watching a movie about the library, creating signs to display the essential agreements in the library, listening to stories and many more.
By Merry Inggarwati/ PYP teacher librarian at Sekolah Ciputra