Sunday, December 9, 2012

Reflections on the semester of reading

This semester, I added 7 new professional blogs to my Google reader, and started a twitter account. I now follow about 30 people and have 10 followers. I was inspired to do these things because of the requirement that we read and write about 100 additional items. I had a careful plan to write one post per day in this blog, to meet the required 100 item assignment. I haven't written 100--I've only written 43. I also posted in the class blog 6 times.

In addition to this more informal reading of blogs, I read reports, as well as a lot of research articles. For the other class I took, I wrote abstracts, an integrated literature review, and then a research proposal. I read about 30 research papers from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals for that assignment. None of that made it into this blog. I read at least 4 or 5 blog entries from various library and school-related blogs each day, as shown in my PLE. Some of those things made it into this blog, but most didn't. I think that my PLE demonstrated that I do keep up with new and innovative professional ideas, even if I didn't write 100 summaries about what I've read.

I've appreciated being pushed to read more this semester, and I definitely learned a lot!

California School Library Standards

I read the document titled:
Model School Library Standards for California Public Schools Supporting
Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts &
Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects

It laid out certain Common Core standards and then the corresponding  school library standard, to help librarians make the link between the two. This is a helpful document that I will be able to use even more as I continue getting to know the new common cores and begin planning learning experiences with the teachers.