Like it or not, standardized testing is a part of our education system. This article is not to debate whether standardized testing is good or bad – but instead to focus on what we, as librarians, can do to support the teachers and students during this stressful time of the year. Although we aren’t teaching a tested subject area, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a positive impact during testing season. Here are 6 practical ways you can help your campus in the days and weeks leading up to standardized testing. 1. Help with Review In the weeks leading up to the testing season, teachers everywhere are building in lots of review to their already busy class schedules. Offer to help with that process. If you see these classes for a set time each week or month, play a review game during your library time. As a reader and
Do you have to create a SMART goal or student growth goal? I find it very challenging trying to come up with a goal that accurately reflects student learning and growth but that is feasible to do in the library. It is very difficult when you only see the students once a week, not to mention the amount of time you actually have to teach a lesson. And if there is an assembly or an outbreak of lice or the flu, then it can be a couple weeks before you see them again. However, I do understand how important it is to have these goals. We need to know that our students are learning the content. And if they are not learning it for some reason, then we need to know so we can re-evaluate and re-teach. One of the easiest ways I have found to do assessments is
How do you assess student learning in the library? It is challenging for a number of reasons, mostly due to time constraints. We have to teach a lesson or do story time, do book check-in and check-out and take care of a hundred other tasks, often with little or no assistance. And we have to do all this in around 40 minutes (give or take). This leaves little time for any kind of assessment. So when I heard about Plickers I was very excited. Plickers is a free online assessment tool that can easily be used in the school library. Even though it has been around for a while, I somehow just discovered it. It is easy to set-up and requires only one mobile device (for teacher use). And best of all – it’s free! You create the questions and the students respond by holding up their paper clicker