created by WSWHE Boces, Capital Region Boces and Mary Ratzer

Think Tank Library: Brain-Based Learning Plans for New Standards, Grades K-5


Mary Boyd Ratzer (Author of RX for the Common Core)

The rigors of today's mandated academic standards can repurpose your library's role as a steward of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) at your school. This guide will help you help teachers present exciting, field-tested lessons for elementary grades K through 5, addressing developmental steps and individual differences in key competencies in the CCSS. Authors and educators Mary Ratzer and Paige Jaeger illustrate how brain-based learning helps students become deep, critical thinkers and provide the lesson plans to coax the best thinking out of each child.

As grade level and content-specific teachers begin to incorporate inquiry-based approaches into their classrooms, they should look to collaborate on lesson planning with their librarian, Jaeger said. Jaeger and her co-author Mary Ratzer want to align teaching strategies to the research on how the brain learns best, which they believe fits perfectly with inquiry learning.

by Mary Boyd Ratzer and Paige Jaeger

  • Inquiry/Information Fluency Continuum - Eastern Suffolk BOCES
  • Information Fluency Curriculum - Capital Region BOCES
  • Web Resources for "Growing into Inquiry" - Capital Region BOCES
  • Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries - Rutgers
  • Mary Ratzer on Ning
  • School Library Media Program Evaluation (SLMPE) Rubric
  • Journal articles on school libraries and academic achievement via ERIC (RSS feed)
  • November, A. C. (2008). Web literacy for educators. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. (via WorldCat)
  • Toffler, A. (1970). Future shock. New York: Random House. (via WorldCat)

Mary Ratzer's LiveBinders Shelf

I sent out a plea for help today to my school library buddies, asking for some curriculum links for an upcoming workshop. Mary Ratzer, a former School Library Media Specialist, now a consultant (Learning Curve Associates) sent me a wonderful list of that she uses in her workshops.

Dr. Rich Bernato interviews Gail Barraco, Coordinator of School Library System for Eastern Suffolk BOCES. They discuss the role of school libraries and librarians and their impact on instruction. Gail outlines the process of inquiry-based learning and the work of Mary Ratzer at the University of Albany. They also discuss ways in which principals and teachers can work with their school library media center, and how the role of the school librarian has changed. , chair of the library department at Dowling, joins the conversation to talk about the role of the school library media center in a school's technology decisions.