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The Importance of Reflection

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I’m not sure why I hadn’t considered it before.  Many teachers have their students reflect on their school year in June, but I have yet to ask my students to reflect on their years in library.

This year that is going to change.

At my school, the transition between lower and middle school happens at the end of 4th grade, so I think this is a great place to begin examining the library program through the eyes of my students.  I am thinking of providing them with some open ended questions about their years in library that I will use to tweak the program.  A quick Google search led me to many such questions and I am creating a file of them.   I am wondering if any teacher-librarians in ALSC do year end reflections with students?  If so, please use to comments to share out what has worked and what has not worked in the past!



  1. Laura

    I’m a first year school librarian and I just finished a quick end-of-year evaluation with my 5th grade students. Another librarian shared these ideas with me and they worked really well. Using a 3-2-1 exit ticket, I asked students to tell 3 things you enjoyed in the media center (any grade!), 2 changes that would make the media center better, and 1 book that they enjoyed this year.

    I loved hearing about the projects that they remembered fondly from second and third grade. My fifth graders also really want to hear more read alouds and book talks. Definitely feedback that I will incorporate next year!

  2. Stacy Dillon

    Thanks for the comment, Laura! What a great idea. I am definitely going to use this format with the older students. I am interested to hear what they will change…

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