All this talk about inquiry, student-centered learning reminded me of an article I read on Mind/Shift this past fall. In Utah, a teacher, Cinnamon Holsclaw, asked to teach 7th grade science on short notice with no resources turned a challenge into an innovative idea.
“All it took on my part was a willingness to let go of 100 percent of the control and a willingness to try and find a science tie to the things kids were interested in,” Holsclaw said.
More of the article here: http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/11/dive-into-science-with-zombies-superheroes-and-fairies/ (Dive Into Science With Zombies, Superheroes, and Fairies)
When I first read this in November, I thought, Ah! If I take a position in the sciences, how might I eventually work up to doing something like this. Now, I’m also thinking, how might we as librarians help inspire, support, and collaborate such move of a teacher?