Like most new things I am facing the new AASL standards with some excitement and some fear. What are the key differences? Are they really different? I am looking forward to getting a start with Thing 50: New AASL Standards.
Being a linear thinker I started at the top of this “thing” and continued down. What a ride it was! After the video I was more confused than ever. I spent a good hour reading the short pamphlet AASL Standards Framework for Learner Standards and trying to pick it apart and understand it. Don’t do that! Get a general understanding and keep going. It becomes clearer. As I read further down in the post I got the gist to envision different projects and digital tools as I was reviewing the standards. Things started to make sense when I looked at the grid from the angle of “How do my current projects do this?” instead of “What projects do I need to create to meet all these standards?”.
Love, love, love the AASL One-Pagers for Stakeholders! I will be distributing these to teachers as I collaborate and to parents at open house. Viewing the standards as promotional material for my program further emphasized how I already do much of this and can tweak my library program and projects to do more.
As recommended I completed Paige Jaeger’s exercise from New AASL Standards, So What? My reflections:
- Each project I work on meets different standards. This can be good if we eventually hit them all. Bad if we are missing some.
- I am strong on teaching students to cite sources and we have a plan in place to get better at this next year!
- It is impossible to hit all standards all the time.
- It would be beneficial to ensure we are meeting the same standards at each grade level. That way we can build on prior knowledge and everyone has opportunities to practice.
- One thing that would be easy to implement (and I will do it this week) is Reflect on Learning
- Including either Paige Jaeger’s chart or checklist with each project and then reviewing at the end of the year would be a good way to ensure we are hitting the standards and will also help us see small areas we can tweak projects to meet more standards.
While I know I have a long way to go I feel like I am starting with a good foundation and I’m looking forward to other AASL Standards PD I have scheduled in June and July.