Self-direction – Own Your Learning

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Nothing will work unless you do.– Maya Angelou

According to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a strong work ethic is rated as one of the

three “most important” skills needed in the workforce.  School Librarians help students develop self –direction and work ethic, increasing motivation by developing projects that are personally relevant and focused on students’ passions & interests.

Recent projects at the East Middle School library have included the 7th grade Passion Project, where librarian Becky Johnson and the 7th grade literacy teachers Mrs. McFarlin and Mr. Mantlo helped students explore and research hobbies and interests that they are passionate about.  School Librarians also help students use technology to organize and track their assignments, showcase their work, and reflect on their own learning. At EMS, students use Google Apps to organize their work and Web 2.0 technologies like blogs, Animoto and Wikispaces to showcase and publish their learning.

Source: Source: Partnership for 21st Century Skills publication -Are They Really Ready to Work?

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