October 8, 2011

Module 3- Learning Log 4

Posted in Learning Logs- Module 3 at 2:24 pm by lmt84

The readings on assessments were very helpful to me in looking at assessments through the eyes of a librarian. As a classroom teacher, I use diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments throughout my units, but I had never considered how these would impact my future as a librarian. The Pappas article stated, “High quality school library media programs can increase academic achievement scores by as much as 20% (Lance 2001) (180). If we want to show that we have had an effect on the school in any way, then I see assessments as the means to serve as our evidence.

Assessment requires the librarian to look at her program with a critical eye. In order to best meet the needs of the students, collaboration should occur with classroom teachers. Developing assessment tools allows the opportunity to meet with content teachers to design tools that directly apply to their curriculum, ensuring that students are being exposed to information literacy skills throughout the school day. Teaching information literacy fluency in the library alone is not enough; students will not absorb the skills or the importance of having them. Working with teachers to create meaningful assessments that yield data to assist the student at each step of the assignment is key to proving the impact that your program has on student success. By being involved, we can show the school that information literacy is crucial for our learners and that we are a resource that cannot be denied.

It is our responsibility to advocate for our program and we should constantly showcase that we do have a positive impact on the school environment. Stripling writes, “Library media specialists who are able to provide evidence that students have learned information fluency skills will be more successful in their teaching and more integral t the instructional program of the school”  (170). By creating assessments with teachers and using them throughout our lessons/units, we will gain data that helps to show student growth. It is up to us to communicate this data to our teachers and administration. If we do, we can prove to everyone that the library is in fact a central and essential part of the school.

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