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  • 1. getting there together: assessing student learningbuffy j. hamiltonnjasl 2011CC image via
  • 2. assessment is often the missing piece in our collaborative efforts with classroom teachers Source: Harada & Yoshina, 2006
  • 3. why should school librarymedia specialists play an activerole in theassessmentof student learning?
  • 4. we cannot truly claim our role as teacher or providedirect evidence of the impact of library programs onstudent achievement without playing an active rolein the assessment of student learning
  • 5. “The school library media program is guided by regular assessment of student learning to ensure the program is meeting its goals.” Source: American Association of School Librarians, 2009, p. 27 Original photograph by Buffy J. Hamilton
  • 6. embed yourself in the instructional design processCC image via
  • 7. backwards designlearning outcomes assessments learning experiences and instruction
  • 8. identify specific learning targets Source: Harada & Yoshina, 2006
  • 9. look for criteria to help us assess how well students achievethe targets and state the criteria clearly in terms of desiredbehavior using language students can understandSource: Harada & Yoshina, 2006 CC image via
  • 10. select a strategy or tool to conduct theassessment Source: Harada &CC image via Yoshina, 2006
  • 11. design a performance task for studentsdemonstrating their achievement of a learning target Source: Harada & Yoshina, 2006CC image via
  • 12. these “snapshots” of student work provide usconcrete evidence to adjust our instructionand better meet learner needsSource: Harada & Yoshina, 2006 CC image via
  • 13. FormativeSelf Summative
  • 14. process product
  • 15. formativeassessment: the measurement of knowledge and skills during the process of learningSource: Stripling, 2007/2009, pp. 167-68
  • 16. summativeassessment is themeasurement of knowledgeand skills at the end of aprocess of learning inorder todetermine the amount and quality of learning Source: Stripling, 2007/2009, pp. 167-68
  • 17. student self-assessment:who is in charge ofyourlearning?
  • 18. Standards for the 21st Century Learner in ActionOriginal photography by Buffy J. Hamilton
  • 19. Benefits of Student Self-Assessment Encourages participatory learning Increases intrinsic motivation Helps students construct new meanings Helps cultivate a sense of ownership of learning and agency over learning environmentSource: Harada, 2010
  • 20. how does this process look in real worldpractice?CC image via
  • 21. formative and summative assessments
  • 22. 1.2.5 Demonstrate adaptability by changing the inquiry focus, questions, resources, or 1.1.9 Collaborate with others to broaden andstrategies when necessary to achieve success. deepen understanding.conversations via active reflection andmetacognition
  • 23. google forms
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  • 25. Rubric Source:
  • 26. fishbowl discussions
  • 27. recommended reads
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  • 29. ReferencesAbler, R. (2011, February 15). Why formative assessments matter. Retrieved from Edutopia website: importance-of-rebecca-alberAmerican Association of School Librarians. (2009). Teaching for learning. In Empowering learners: Guidelines for school library media programs (pp. 19-27). Chicago: Author.DuPre, C. (2008, February). Assessing student learning in the school library media center. Conference presentation presented at ECU Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit.Available at lib/trc/upload/Assessing_Student_Learning_in_the_School_Li brary-2.pdf
  • 30. ReferencesHarada, V. H. (2007, November). From eyeballing to evidence: assessing for learning in hawaii library media centers. School Library Monthly, 24(3), 21-25. Retrieved from http://proxygsu- spx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=27400685&site=ehost-liveHarada, V. H. (2010, June). Self-assessment: Challenging students to take charge of learning. School Library Monthly, 26(10), 13-15. Retrieved from http://proxygsu- spx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=51003266&site=ehost-liveHarada, V. H., & Yoshina, J. M. (2006, March). Assessing learning: The missing piece in instruction? School Library Monthly, 22(7). Retrieved from 20.html
  • 31. ReferencesHarada, V. H., & Zmuda, A. (2008, April). Reframing the library media specialist as a learning specialist. School Library Monthly, 24(8). Retrieved from 8v24nn8p42.html.Pappas, M. L. (2009). Designing learning for evidence-based practice. In K. Fontichiaro (Ed.), 21st century learning in school libraries (pp. 180-184). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. (Reprinted from School Library Media Activities Monthly, 2008, January, 24, [5]).Stripling, B. (2009). Assessing information fluency: Gathering evidence of student learning. In K. Fontichiaro (Ed.), 21st century learning in school libraries (pp. 166-170). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. (Reprinted from School Library Media Activities Monthly, 2007, April, 23, [8]).
  • 32. contact information Twitter: @buffyjhamilton