Help! I’m evaluated on Collaboration, so how can I make that happen when teachers are SO busy?


School is in full swing and time is limited, especially if you are an elementary librarian and teacher. So how do we find the time to meet our evaluation standards and make our lessons more meaningful through collaboration?

  1. First, we have to be mindful of the classroom teachers schedule. Respecting the time they have will go a long way in developing trust and rapport with them.
  2. Start small. Speak to them in passing (lounge, bathroom, lunchroom, afterschool, etc.) and express a desire to work with them.
  3. Take a look at their pacing guide and suggest a way to incorporate technology and information skills in their current or future unit or project.
  4. Be proactive. Most teachers will not seek us out to collaborate. Don’t be afraid to speak up and let them know you are willing to make their job easier.
  5. Say thank you. Once you have established a relationship with one teacher, others will follow.  Be very appreciative of their time and effort.
  6. Keep abreast of the latest educational tools and pedagogy. This is a great “foot in the door” to developing lessons. There are journals, conferences, workshops, social media, etc. Teachers are extremely busy and may not have time for these activities. Acquiring this knowledge will help you be seen as the “expert” and the media center as “the hub”.

Collaboration can be simple if done respectfully. When librarians and teachers work together, relationships grow, inspiration blossoms, and students are engaged. So let’s get our Collaboration on!

Collaboration lesson template (editable doc)

Collaboration lesson template (PDF)


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What do you do with Kinders in the library?

I was reminded yesterday about how many times the question of kinders has come up in meetings. The time with them can seem like the never-ending story in the library. I’d love for us to share what we do in our libraries to meet their needs.

I subscribe to a preschool newsletter from Karen Cox that has a ton of great ideas. I’m sure there are others out there. What newsletters do you get? Hap Palmer has a You.Tube station.

I’ve also got some library workshops running:

  • Reading Buddies (stuffed animals)
  • Listening stations – started with book fair monies
  • Board book basket
  • Pop up book basket
  • ABC and matching games
  • Large floor puzzles
  • little chair area (I got these at the 5 and below store)
  • story sequencing
  • nature station