Thing 32 : Evidence Based Practice – Collecting Data

Like many of us I find it is easy to get caught up in the numbers. I know all those booktalks are helping students. I talk to the kids who like their books, or even better conference withread-316508_960_720 the kids who don’t like the books.  We all have them. The students we work with who tell us “I just don’t like reading.” We work to connect with them, discover their interests and reading levels and match them to the right book. It’s a great feeling to have that student return to you and say “I loved that book and couldn’t put it down.”  You know you have impacted their learning. But how do you put that into words in your annual report?

While exploring the Teacher Librarians Toolkit for Evidence Based Practice I discovered Agent for Collaboration a table of various collaboration activities, evidence for collaboration, and the benefits to students. They may seem basic but for those of us just getting our feet wet with EBP or needing a little refresher this is a great resource.

Another great gem from Teacher Librarians Toolkit for Evidence Based Practice  from the Reflect and Refresh page is the simple Reflect and Rework form. I find forms keep me on track but so often they are overly complicated. This one is clear and simple and will make a great post project conference form to show reflection and improvement.

On the Resources page there are many more gems.  Four Stages of Research – Secondary – Rubric would be a great addition to many of my high school projects. Useful for measuring student perceptions and teacher perceptions all in one place.

Lyn Hay’s AASL 2015 Conference Presentation is posted on her blog.  From here you can download the template EBP Action Plan Nov 2015 and modify it for your own use. This action plan is a complete list of all the steps needed to perform strong EBP as well as a timeline to make it happen.

I would also like to look into tools to support an EBP program:










About Kim Nemeth

Hello and welcome to my blog. I am a High School Library Media Specialist in beautiful Saratoga Springs New York. I am an avid reader and am addicted to learning. This blog was originally started as part of the Cool Tools for Schools project in 2012. Since then I have continued to participate in Cool Tools for Schools and add my thoughts here. I found this blog to be an excellent place to refer to when I needed an idea or had a tick mark in my head and needed a reminder. I would love comments and feedback on my posts. Enjoy!
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