Classics Challenge: The BFG by Roald Dahl

CaptureWHEN I Discovered This Classic: I discovered this classic a few a years ago when I read some of Roald Dahl’s other books. For whatever reason, I did not pick up this book back in middle school.
WHY I Chose to Read It: I chose to read this book because it was gaining popularity in circulation at my school’s library and I discovered a movie of “The BFG” will be released this summer. Students constantly asked to be placed hold for this book if it was checked out.
WHAT Makes It A Classic: Besides being written by a famous author,”The BFG” is simply a good story. It has adventure, mystery and fantasy. 
WILL It Stay A Classic: There is no doubt in my mind that “The BFG” will stay a classic. Its story is timeless and has proven to transcend through generations of readers. 
WHO I’d Recommend It To:
I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates good humor and a good story. I think children to adults can appreciate “The BFG.”



Thing 32 : Evidence Based Practice – Collecting Data

Reactions To The Readings

I explored “Demonstrating Our Impact: Putting Numbers in Context – Part 1 and Part 2” by Doug Johnson. After reading the article, I realized that the library program at my school has informally implemented some of the recommendations. At first, I thought I was far behind in evidence-based practice, but that is not the case.

The first items that Mr. Johnson emphasized are standards and checklists. What parts of the library curriculum tie into the standards my school has adopted? I follow the Information Fluency Continuum and my school follows the Common Core Learning Standards.

After sifting through the standards again, here are overlaps that I have focused on the past three years to tie into the standards the school has adopted:

  • Difference between fiction and non-fiction texts
  • Identifying and analyzing character, plot, setting, main idea, etc.
  • Difference between fact and opinion
  • Digital citizenship and implementing technology for presentations
  • Following an inquiry-based research process

I think I have done a decent job to support student learning, but I need to be more vocal about that with teachers. This means examining cross-overs between the standards more closely and communicating my discoveries.

Next, the end-of-the-year report template provided was another helpful way to demonstrate impact. This is one area that I need to focus on more to show the library’s impact on student achievement. Sure, I collect monthly statistics for circulation, the collection, events and programs, library usage and technology usage, but I like the showing of leadership team activities and instructional activities. Adding these items to an annual report should be simple, yet effective for the library program.

Tools To Try

Looking through the resources for tools to use to support evidence-based practice, I was once again drawn to infographics. Data visualization can be more powerful to share main points, in my opinion. Pikochart looks like it might be the tool I want to utilize to create an end-of-the-year report in June. I have collected data as I have progressed through the year, so that part is set.