Maximizing the Benefits of a Flexible Schedule in Elementary School Libraries
Deering, Kristin D.
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School librarians have many roles. Collaboration and working with teachers to design integrated lessons and units is one of them. However, when working from a fixed schedule in elementary school libraries, time presents a challenge. Flexible Scheduling allows librarians time and opportunity to plan, teach, and assess lessons and units with teachers, work more closely with students, and become the instructional partner that is required of them. Transitioning to a flexible schedule is not easy, and presents many challenges. Communication and flexibility are attributes of librarians in successful school libraries. It is up to the librarian to communicate the many benefits of a flexible schedule and be able to collaborate effectively with teachers and staff.