When?Posted: October 17, 2012
When is a library not a library?
When it’s a current events center.
When it’s an art gallery.
When it’s a playhouse.
When it moves outdoors to a hiking trail.
When it’s a dance floor.
When it’s a puppet theater.
When it’s a classroom.
I am thinking that by now some of you have a when question of your own. When are you going to write about the Common Core? Your blog is named after it. It’s in your tagline. Is this a bait and switch? Absolutely not.
Before I get into the important work of analyzing my library curriculum to determine where it correlates to the Common Core, I want to showcase the “so much more” part of the library. Because I don’t want that to get lost in the discussion of standards and benchmarks and assessments and alignment. This library is a refuge as well as a classroom. (Belated credit given to my sister-in-law for this idea. Somehow it made it from her email into my head as an original idea…) It’s a space for artists and dancers, hikers and hiders, learners and loungers, readers and listeners. It’s the heart, soul and common core of the school, after all.