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.

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One thought on “Thing 32 : Evidence Based Practice – Collecting Data

  1. Great post. I’ve been playing with Piktochart quite a bit this past week (prepping for a workshop) and I’m finding it fairly easy to work with. And love all the templates and ideas they provide. Easel.ly also has tons of ideas,

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