About two weeks ago, I received an email from my mentor and cherished friend, Dr. Mary Ann Fitzgerald, of the University of Georgia, who shared the following charge:
Here’s a question that’s perfect for you. I’m teaching an Issues class this summer as an elective (M.Ed level). In the past, I’ve come up with a laundry list of topics and we’ve explored those.
Another approach might be to choose a single book — a paradigm shifter sort of book that relates to SLM. Not a textbook. Something like:
information + social + technology + education, multiplied by radical
Something we can all read and have some rich discussions about, preferably available in e-book format
What title would you nominate? Something published quite recently.
While I had some titles in mind, I decided to tap into the wisdom of my PLN (personal learning network) via good old-fashioned email and crowdsource the list a bit. Thanks to my sage colleagues, I have compiled a reading list that I think fits the criteria described by Mary Ann: I think this list gives veterans a rich reading menu as well! What would you add? You can share your own suggestions by adding them to the public Google doc I’ve created; you can also download the initial list I originally created in Word from SlideShare below.
I would like to thank Sophie Brookover and Jessica Adler of LibraryLinkNJ, the New Jersey Library Cooperative, for inviting me to share today’s virtual presentation, “Getting There Together: Assessing Student Learning”, a session in which we explored the idea of reframing ourselves as learning specialists and how school librarians’ participation in the assessment of student learning is an integral part of the learning experience/process and essential for reflection and student metacognition. In this session, we explored:
1. Rationales for school librarians participating in the assessment of student learning and why we must take on that role if we are to claim our role as teachers in our learning communities
2. Formative and summative assessments as well as the importance of student self-assessment
3. Thinking about incorporating backwards design into the collaboration process as a means for creating conversations about assessment and student learning
I cannot thank the participants enough for their generous sharing of ideas, questions, experiences, and strategies as their engagement really created a powerful conversation for learning for all of us today. I’ll be sharing, thinking, and writing more about my role in the assessment of student learning in the upcoming months and how that role informs my collaboration with teachers and students, but until then, I’d like to share three resources to spark your thinking: