This is the third year that I have registered with the Literacy Connection professional development program. If you haven’t participated in this amazing program, you can learn more about it by clicking here. Basically, teachers from central Ohio school districts read a professional book, attended two Saturday presentations by the author, and meet several times over the school year to discuss ideas from the book. This type of sharing helps me to reflect on my current practices and think of new possibilities. Even though most of the participants are classroom teachers, my Media Specialist friend, Beth Clark, and I have enjoyed the programs tremendously.
This year I was hesitant to sign up. To be perfectly honest, when I first heard about the topic, “Using Formative Assessment to Plan Literacy Instruction,” based on The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook by Jennifer Serravallo, I was not sure if the topic was relevant to my situation.As a Media Specialist, I don’t teach Literacy the same way as a classroom teacher does and I wasn’t sure if the information would be transferable to what I do. On the other hand, I have been struggling to incorporate formative assessments into the Media Center program for the last few years, so I decided to give it a go. It was a good decision. In the next several blog posts, I will reflect on my thinking and learning.