We are raising our children in one of the most difficult times in history when it comes to information. They have access to more information in their short lifetimes than all of the information throughout history leading up to these last two decades. But there is just as much misinformation, biased propaganda, and downright untruths circulating, too. We have to teach children how to evaluate information and its sources for accuracy and a balanced presentation of all sides of an issue. To not do so makes them vulnerable to deception, abuse and the perpetuation of falsehoods. And if children are old enough to be assigned a research paper, they are old enough to cite their sources. We need to teach them to give credit for borrowed information or creative works in order to avoid plagiarism.
Often parents assume the school is teaching their children everything they need to know about life, and educators assume parents are training their children in all those areas of life knowledge that aren't covered in textbooks and courses. So in reality, too many children are missing a number of life lessons or end up learning them the hard way or the wrong way.
I first created these little mini-posters of Shelf Mouse sharing nuggets of wisdom to place discreetly in the book shelves throughout the library for students to discover and read on their own. But I want teachers to be able to display them in their classrooms, too, so I have also included larger posters in the set that can be displayed and viewed anywhere in the room. This particular set of quotes on “Research” includes 2 pages of eight mini-posters with different messages, and 8 pages of individual larger posters of the same quotes I learned throughout my years of learning and teaching information literacy.
I am so excited to share these with you. Our kids are worth making every effort to teach them to navigate wisely through the ocean of information at their fingertips.
Donna Van Cleve