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.
Hello everyone, my name is Valerie Dewhurst and I am the Librarian/Head of Library at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Lancashire. I’ve been in post here for 16 years and very much enjoy a challenge. Having discovered FOSIL I’m now eager to get it used, but of course it’s small steps …however, I’ve already planted the seed (slideshow presentation on INSET day) and an end of term email sent out yesterday …so with a bit of luck, next term we will see things starting to grow. FOSIL to me is many things but it’s also a way in which I can try to get my non-fiction stock back to being used again – it’s also a way in which to entice departments back to booking the library (other than the English team – who by the way are fabulous) I know this can’t be done solo – so I’m hoping to get as many HOFs and SLs onboard…then of course share their experience with others in school. I’ve also added FOSIL down as one of my appraisal targets for the next academic year – there’s no stopping me now!
Hello, my name is Matthew Rose. I am currently the MYP and DP Librarian at the International School of Stuttgart in Stuttgart, Germany where I also coordinate our libraries and educational technology team. I am a qualified librarian and certified elementary school teacher. I have worked for several international schools in Germany and Japan. During this time I have had a number of jobs in international education in the areas of school librarianship, educational technology, design technology, and technical theatre. I have begun to explore using FOSIL at my school in my school library program. I look forward to exploring it with you all in the time to come.