If you teach information literacy or do any kind of library instruction, chances are that you’ve never had formal training in actually being a teacher. We get it! While it can sometimes seem that teaching comes naturally to certain individuals and not to others, teachers and teaching librarians all have room to improve. When librarians gain confidence in their teaching abilities and connect with students in productive ways, student learning has the opportunity to improve as well.
We just gave a presentation outlining 6 strategies to improve library instruction at the Brick & Click academic library conference:
In our presentation, we talked a lot about WHY each of these strategies are important (if you need a refresher, see our slide deck above, or read the full paper in the conference proceedings. But if you’re like us, your favorite part of presentations is exploring all the tangible tools and practical tips–so we decided to extract the HOW for you right here!
- Speak the Language of Your Students
- Design Meaningful Activities
- Connect Skills to the Real World
- Tell stories and be funny (…or at least try to be)
- Listening to stories is a great way to become a better storyteller. Check out this classic list of storytelling podcasts + this list of new and addictive storytelling podcasts.
- Humor Strategies to Use
- Engage Students Outside the Classroom
- Make Your Content Beautiful
Okay, that’s all for now! What did we leave off? What tools or links would you recommend?