Teaching and Learning
School librarians are responsible for teaching all students in the school, often seeing each class on a rotating basis each week at the elementary level. Unlike classroom teachers, the librarians do not have the opportunity to learn the specific needs of each student. School librarians must be equipped with the instructional techniques needed to assess student background knowledge and achievement. With growing numbers of English language learners and other diagnosed (and undiagnosed) special needs in every classroom, the librarian needs to have a variety of techniques in her back pocket to quickly assess background knowledge and readiness before teaching new skills. In this session, the presenter will share strategies to assess background knowledge as well as formative and summative assessment techniques that can be used in library instruction. Participants will have time to brainstorm ideas that might work in their specific settings. While the focus of the session will be elementary school libraries, many of the ideas and techniques can be easily translated to the secondary setting. Ideas will also be shared to further develop assessment techniques with other school librarians in the participants' school districts.
Meeting Type: Program
Content Area: Transforming: Teaching & Learning
Interests: Assessment and Evaluation, Children’s Services, Instruction, Special Needs Populations
Type of Library: Elementary School, Middle School, School/Media Center, Student
Cost: Included with full conference registration.