The tripod teaching approach to ILI “concentrates on the link between expected learning outcomes (ELOs), learning activities, and assessment” (Kaplowitz, 2012, p. 32). These elements guide the design and development of the instructional session offering and allow students to be actively involved in their learning. The tripod learning approach to teaching complements existing programming and provides me with an opportunity to collaborate with classroom teachers to develop additional proficiencies related to material learned in the classroom. In addition, the ability to efficiently and accurately navigate through the growing world of online media and resources is a vital skill for the youth of today as they become increasingly connected through internet and social media; the ability to discern reliable information from nonsense and to closely examine online claims ensures that students develop a comprehensive and exact view of their world.
My planned information literacy instruction session and ELOs will also foster curiosity in students and reveal the correct methods for information collection and crediting of sources. We are all curious about our world and its fascinating people and intricacies; why is there a tide in the ocean, how do airplanes fly, who invented the piano? Students must learn where reputable information is located in both a library and online, discover how to collect and summarize researched information, and become familiar with popular referencing formats. Building research proficiency in elementary school will build the foundation for additional in-depth investigation methodologies in middle, high school and post-secondary learning environments.
I can’t wait to share our projects with everyone when we are finished. I encourage you to sign out Kaplowitz’s book when you have a chance. It is a great read and fits nicely with inquiry based learning.