"If education is about learning to see the world in new ways, it is bound, at times, to leave us feeling confused or angry or challenged. And this is a good thing. Instead of seeking to avoid such feelings, we should probably welcome a degree of discomfort in our lives and feel short-changed if it is not present. " - Rothenberg, P. (2011). White Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism. New York: Worth Publishers.
I approach each session eager to collaborate with the instructor and create active learning activities that encourage students to engage with the material and relate it to their own life (academic or otherwise). Information literacy skills are becoming increasingly crucial as the vast amount of "stuff" or "information" users are asked to sift through on a daily basis increases. As such, I aim to leave each session having laid foundational information literacy skills that will enable students to continue to grow and think critically about how they search, read, and research as they complete their academic work and move into their careers.
Below I have included all the materials I would create for an introductory information literacy session, including an example lesson plan, PowerPoint slides, and handouts used in the classroom.
Example Lesson plan
This lesson plan was designed for an English 131 class at the University of Washington. There were roughly 20 students in this class, the majority of which were freshman or sophomores with a wide variety of majors. For this particular session I was given the full class time (110 minutes) and asked to cover concept mapping/keyword generation, research as a conversation, source evaluation, and database searching.
This is the slide deck that would used with the example lesson plan above in the English 131 classroom. The last topic, database searching, does not appear in this deck as that portion would be conducted as a live action in classroom demonstration.
For this particular session I designed two handouts- one to guide students through the concept mapping/keyword generation process (not shown) and one to guide students through the jigsaw active learning activity on source evaluation.