This summer I was able to attend the American Library Association (ALA) conference which was held in Chicago at McCormick Place. It was a huge gathering where they were giving away books, and all sorts of cool stuff. The magnet pens which you use to write the due date in your books came from the ALA conference.
One session I attended was about assessing student learning in the library. Every time I work with you, I want to make sure you are growing in knowledge and skills. It is important that you not only know how to use the library and the resources inside the walls of Maple, but it is equally important that you know how to use resources that are available to you online. My hope is to give you a deep understanding of our online catalog, subscription databases, choosing quality websites, primary and secondary sources, and also the research process which is a solid model for problem solving. I will show you tools and strategies to assist you in becoming global citizens but more immediately, competent middle school soon-to-be high school students that can take on any challenge. The session I attended on assessing your learning will help enrich your experience by giving me tools to make sure I am hitting the mark with the lessons I provide to you.