Jonsson Media Center
Faculty Published in Teacher Librarian Magazine
Lamplighter teacher Marty Melton and Patricia Vermillion, the School’s Media Center Coordinator, wrote an article that was published in the October 2013 issue of Teacher Librarian magazine. The educators decided to write the article entitled “Tips and Tactics: Library-Classroom Collaboration Stimulates Reading, Teaches So Much More” because they find co-teaching during fourth grade-media center time to be “so effective and so much fun!” The article is an overview of a project they have done for several years. This year they modified it to include one new feature that involves student presentations of book talks “with the goal of inspiring other classmates to read new books,” explained Melton.
The article features the details of the collaboration, including the addition of how students videotape each other and then assign each book talk video a QR code, so parents and students throughout the Lamplighter community can view the book talk on iPads when they visit the School’s Media Center. The magazine’s publisher, Edward Kurdyla, Jr., remarked, “Because the article provides models and activities to be implemented, I think the way you structured the booktalks, although still rather simple, is terrific and really teaches so many things on so many levels.”