Learning Centers for School Libraries (AASL Standards-Based Learning) (Paperback)

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This book offers

  • Step-by-step directions for both the educator and learner and all necessary handouts, including directions and worksheets. The reader can use the book to quickly and easily set up centers. Some centers require only photocopies and basic materials to get started.
  • Guidance on how to create cross-curricular centers that target the AASL Standards and other content-area standards. A table is provided to enable educators to create centers that address specific standards or content areas. Centers for distance learning are also identified.
  • Suggested modifications for both struggling and advanced learners, plus ideas for collaborating with other educators. These features broaden the potential audience beyond elementary school learners. 

About the Author

Maura Madigan is a school librarian in Fairfax County, Virginia. She's worked in Education for more than 25 years in the US, South Korea, Japan, and the UAE, including two years on a school reform project for the Abu Dhabi Education Council. She often presents on learning centers and problem-based learning at conferences. Her work has appeared in School Library JournalThe Travel 100Oasis Living Magazine, and Effective School Librarianship: Successful Professional Practices from Librarians around the World.

Praise For…

"Madigan's advice is unfailingly practical, and her enthusiasm shines through on every page. This should spark all sorts of ideas to help make school libraries welcoming, creative spaces."
— Booklist

"Whether school librarians are overextended and rushing through classes or have more breathing room, they will appreciate this excellent guide to setting up learning centers, stations in the classroom or library where students can engage in self-directed activities ... An incredibly thorough and clear guide to implementing or extending learning centers in school libraries."
— School Library Journal (starred review)

"The author’s discussions about each center are particularly helpful, with advice on what worked and what she would change doing it again. This gives readers the experience of 'seeing' the centers in practice before trying the centers themselves. Other center suggestion ideas are also included ... A recommended addition for school libraries."
— VAASL Voice
Product Details
ISBN: 9780838949733
ISBN-10: 0838949738
Publisher: ALA Editions
Publication Date: March 10th, 2021
Language: English
Series: AASL Standards-Based Learning