I’m Isobel and I recently took part in some training that Elizabeth Hutchinson ran on FOSIL and the IFLA School Library Guidelines. I’m the librarian at Channing School, an independent secondary school in London, and have worked here since 2015, first as a part-time library assistant (whilst completing my MSc in Library Science at City University) and now as the librarian.
Elizabeth’s training helped me see how useful FOSIL can be for orientating oneself within the inquiry process. As has been pointed out by others, in schools we often focus on the Investigate and Construct phases and I’d like to raise awareness of the other stages in the inquiry process. And even within Investigate and Construct, there are so many skills to cover and the skillset helps to navigate these.
One of the ways I’d like to use FOSIL is to design and/or deliver a project that includes every stage of the inquiry process – either for use in library lessons or in collaboration with a teacher – similar to the Inquiry Journal that Elizabeth on science fiction writing. However, I’ll probably start by integrating it into work I already do on supporting students with finding and using resources. I’m also planning to introduce new teachers to FOSIL in their library inductions.
I have developed a project that I run with Y7 and deliver as part of their Science timetable. It comes under the science skills part of the curriculum. It touches on all the FOSIL stages and I have produced a workbook. It should be on the FOSIL website in the near future, but if you want to know more, please contact me on [email protected].
I am delighted to see you here. Looking forward to more discussions in the future and to hear how you got on with Sally’s inquiry journal 😊. You might also want to look at some of the presentations available here that might be useful for your teacher inductions.