Thing 31: Evidence Based Practice – Getting Started

This lesson has given me a lot to think about for a few days. I did not want to jump in right away. Instead, I read the articles and took a few days to reflect how the library program and I support other stakeholders’ goals, missions and visions. I kept a daily log for a few days of what I actually did:

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I continued to reflect and thought how some people think I only check out books and read all day, but the evidence above shows different. Teacher-librarians wear many hats: teacher, tech/helpdesk, rep for meetings and these are only a small bit of what I do. Add program manager, PR, social media manager, manage a budget, order and catalog supplies and much more. But, how to effectively communicate all I do to my school community with evidence?

When looking to see if my program supported the school’s mission, I was shocked to discover the mission statement was not on the website. The overall district’s is available, but my school’s was not anywhere I could find. I know we have a mission statement, but with a district-wide website redesign, where is Granby’s mission statement? Has it not been posted yet? (Will look into this further with people).

So, I looked at the district’s mission instead:

“It is the mission of the Fulton City School District, in cooperation with students, parents and the entire community, to enable students to develop the knowledge and skills needed for relevant, lifelong learning and to become responsible, respectful, and productive citizens.” Fulton CSD Mission Statement: http://www.fultoncsd.org/ 

I looked at my program’s mission statement and it somewhat supports the district’s by teaching students skills (information literacy, tech) and provide “access to diverse materials to engage academic and personal interests.” I think I need to edit my mission statement a bit more to coincide with the district view. First, I need to recall Granby’s mission statement, too. I hope to edit my mission statement for the next part of this lesson to match Granby’s and the district’s more effectively.

Additionally, I do keep track of statistics each month:

  • Materials circulated
  • Visits to the library (free read, AR program, makerspace, book exchange, research, computers)
  • Check outs for technology (ipad cart, labs, laptop carts)

I would like to put all this information into an infographic annual report at the end of the year, instead of a Google Doc. The visual might be more effective and eye-grabbing. I looked at some on Pinterest. I thought I could take photos of students during an exit ticket using thumbs-up/thumbs-down method or working on a Google Form.

At the end of the year, I could have students take a survey asking what has helped them this year and what they would have liked to learned that they didn’t learn. I did a similar survey with students for an autobiography project, and many said they would have liked to use a new tech tool-to challenge them more. I am taking the data and reflections to revamp this project for next year. Their feedback helped immensely.

For student data, I use Google Forms or Schoology for most of my exit tickets to ensure students have understood a concept of a lesson. I look at the data to see if I need to reteach. I do have some print exit tickets, and look at this data the same way.

I also need to take a closer look at the CCLS and the IFC standards to see what skills crossover and communicate to my community that I help students with these skills, too. (Example: Understanding character, setting and plot in first grade).

I am excited about this project; it will be a long-term project, but it is something that needs to be done. I will have three years under my belt at my school and it is time to up my game even more to help students and school community.

Here are some things I need to do in between now and the next lesson:

  • Find my school’s mission statement and edit mine to match it
  • Post my new mission on the library’s website
  • Keep collecting evidence and statistics to store until it is time to make an infographic
  • Continue a log of projects I do and a daily journal of activities completed at school
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One thought on “Thing 31: Evidence Based Practice – Getting Started

  1. Great work! Great idea of keeping a log of what you’ve done. So simple and relatively easy to do, and so much data to look at later. And love the simple thumbs up, thumbs down from the students. Looks like you are really tuned in to looking for opportunities to gather info!

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