The other day I taught a lesson to a fourth grade class on citation. The kids have been doing a lot of research this quarter, and we wanted to make sure they were writing in their own words, citing where they found it, and not just copying. Every time we talked to the students about why we paraphrase, they always came back to things like, "it's stealing," "you could get in trouble," or "you are taking what is not yours." My cooperating librarian was hearing the same thing, and she pointed out that rather than making this about plagiarism and stealing, we needed to turn this lesson on it's head. So we did. We made it about gratitude.
1. We might want to find the resource again, so we need to write down all of the information that allows us to find it again.
2. We need to say thanks to the person who wrote the resource. It is just kind to say thanks to people who help us, and writers definitely help us by teaching us new things.
3. Just like we want our name put with the things we create, so do the authors of the resources we use. Everyone wants credit for their work.
I know that this Thanksgiving I am thankful that I have the opportunity to work with such amazing teachers and librarians, who show me every day exactly the kind of teacher librarian I want to be. I am thankful for the students in my school who remind me every day why I am working so hard to learn everything I can about being a librarian. Happy Thanksgiving!