Oakbrook Library Year Review 2016
by Kim Becherer
Oakbrook Elementary is one of the largest elementary schools in the Parkway School District servicing over 500 students. Grades K - 2 are on a fixed schedule and grade 3 - 5 are on a flexible schedule which allows them to get books as needed. This year our school was named a national school of Character.
The library goal for this year was :
During the 2015 - 2016 school year, I will be measuring student's growth with library skills in digital citizenship and media literacy as measured by the 4th grade library benchmark assessment. I will be looking for a 90% increase in growth from the beginning of the school year, til the end of the year.
The benchmark was given in the fall and again in the spring, and overall there was a definite pattern of growth. All students except for 2 grew in their progress from the fall mark to the spring one. The average score in the fall was 5/10, and by the end of the year the average score was 7/10. Based on these results, I would say that the goal was met. Students have increased in their library skills. They still aren't quite sure why databases are better than search engines, and they could improve on using call numbers to find what they are looking for, but as far as digital citizenship is concerned, they have definitely grown from the fall. They know how to choose a good website, and they know what a primary source is, however they could use more practice in 5th grade.
During the 2015- 2016 school year, I will be measuring my collaboration with teachers through tracking interactions and planning with them. I will be measuring a starting point in the first trimester within my MSPLC group, and then looking for an increase as the following trimesters once a base point is determined.
Throughout the year, my MSPLC group did work and discuss data about collaboration with teachers. We sent out a survey to see what types of collaboration teachers preferred, as well as looked at how effective our collection meets their needs, and how well they feel their librarian is as a resource. The observations are also below in this flyer, however overall it appears the teachers at Oakbrook feel pretty satisfied with their library and it's resources in general. They also feel satisfied with the collaboration that I'm doing with them and that I am able to help them with their units of instruction.
Tech Development Class for teachers
Saturday, Oct. 10th 2015 at 8am
600 Campus Drive
Results from Collaboration Survey sent to the teachers
In the middle of the year a survey was sent to staff about their opinions about the library. There was a total of 12 responses back, and of those there were responses from every grade except 3rd grade. Most say they communicate with the librarian in emails and impromptu meetings, but that I am accessible for collaboration when desired. When asked what areas of support they would like more help in, most responses were in technology, while others want support with teaching research or other units of study. When asked what resources they'd like more of, they answered more tablets and computers, more award books, and they were very pleased with everything else the library offers. Other comments about the library included "Our librarian has a great comfort level teaching technology, great literature, and research. She is always willing to share space and assist with any kind of planning necessary.
We have excellent support! Thank you! I hope it all continues :)
I love that Kim pulls the books we need and loads them on a cart and delivers them!!!! WOW
Technology - what to use and where in my units of study"
So overall, the building seems to be pleased with the involvement and services of their librarian and our library.
Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 8am-4pm
1 Convention Center Plaza
Saint Charles, MO
Lego Workshop Certificate
This is my certificate after attending a one day Lego workshop where I learned several new Lego tools, including the Lego Wedo 2.0 kit, where we built and programmed robots.
Lego Storybuilder Creation
This is a pic of Lego Storybuilder. This Lego tool works well with ELA and creating stories.
Lego MoretoMath ideas
This is a list of ways to use the impressive More to Math Lego tool, which is a wonderful way to easily teach math using Legos as the manipulatives.
Lego Workshop Certificate
Lego Storybuilder Creation
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Masters +30 work
Goals for next year
I would also like to see my students using Google more and more.
I would like to continue updating the Oabkrook resource site and the Library website to upload several new Google Slides presentations and youtube playlists that I have been working on throughout the year. I will be able to do this at a summer workshop in June for elementary resource development.
I want to continue to create symbaloos and Library Catalog resource lists which compliment and and to the units of curriculum. I also will continue making new resources using Google slides, and I am hoping to add new tools for teaching such as Blendspace, and virtual reality tools like Quiver or the Flying Books of Mr. Lessmore to some of the library lessons.