The Gale/Library Media Connection TEAMS Award
Gale would like to congratulate the winners of the 2011 Gale/Library Media Connection TEAMS Award:
Media Specialist Jessica Moore teamed up with second grade
teacher Jennifer Hatch to take one student's interest in a book about
snakes and turn it into a collaborative school-wide project, involving
the art, music, physical education and computer teachers.
Students began in the library researching books on snakes and
creating KWL charts (Know, Want to know and Learned) for each title.
They used the information learned to write a book on snakes for their
classmates, taking their research to the art teacher to create
illustrations and a storyline. From there, the music teacher helped them
create and record snake-like sounds in rhythm to a written sentence of
the story. The computer teacher helped them scan their artwork, record
their narration, and organize their story. The PE instructor taught the
students about contortionism and allowed them to explore the different
snake-like shapes they could make with their bodies, including each
letter of the word "snakes". These recorded feats of acrobatics served
as the finale for their snake story.
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English teacher Lisa Valence and library media specialist
Elizabeth Kahn worked together with the social studies teacher on a
six-week research project to help improve student research skills. Sixth
and seventh grade students reviewed available resources in their
library and then conducted a webquest to learn about the credibility of
websites on the internet.
From there, students worked closely with their teacher and
librarian to develop a thesis question to steer their research. During
Teen Tech Week at the library, daily research riddles designed to get
students using the school databases were sent electronically to all
students. The students worked on the riddles in class for the
opportunity to win prizes. Ms. Valence and Ms. Kahn also collaborated to
help students analyze past Using Information Resources (UIR) interval
tests conducted by the district to gauge student research skills. Ms.
Kahn displayed questions on an interactive white board and students used
metacognitive strategies to analyze the problems and select answers. A
discussion of the answers followed and, as a result, UIR test scores
improved after these sessions.
Skyline High School successfully integrated Google Tools with
teachers and students through an on-going collaboration between the
Library Media Specialist (Dr. Sara Duvall), Instructional Technologist
(Peter Pasque) and the English Language Arts Lead Teacher (Kristal
Jaaskelainen). Dr. Duvall and Mr. Pasque worked with the ninth grade
English Language Arts teachers to design a course Pacing Guide via a
shared Google doc.
Each teacher designed units and added them to the Pacing
Guide, along with videos, hand-outs, tutorials, assessments, etc. Each
student then set up a personal Google Site, which served as their
cumulative portfolio. All sites were shared with the teacher and over
time the student portfolio site was personalized and organized. Every
student in the school now has a Google portfolio and is able to
demonstrate mastery in using online resources to share and collaborate
on information creation and retrieval. The ePortfolio not only preserves
all the coursework, but becomes the culminating assessment as students
present their work to teachers, peers and community members at the end
of each term.
We appreciate the considerable time and effort all of this
year's applicants put into creating and compiling their entries. We
received an impressive group of submissions, which made the evaluation
and decision process very difficult. The judges found it both humbling
and inspiring to read first-hand about the good work being done in our
We thank you again for your submission and we encourage you to enter the TEAMS Award competition again next year.
The Gale TEAMS Award is presented in cooperation with Library Media Connection.