Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Monday, August 10, 2015
All of the books I have chosen are 2014 publications, with the exception of 2 with 2015 copyrights. They are all picture book biographies about women, those who followed their passions and didn't let gender bias or other issues keep them from their goal.
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
More YA lit fun; Speed Dating in the library. If you work in any way with high school students, then you know that prom season is upon us. This makes for a great opportunity to talk dating and books. You can talk about how you want to help them find the perfect date, make all sorts of sly comments, and get everyone excited about this fun time. I was "matching" my students in the library this week, really for an English assignment, but where's the fun it that, and I had one student tell me he was actually going to take his book to the prom, we'll see, I will be
chaperoning and that will be definitely be a picture worthy coupe if it really happens.
Saturday, April 04, 2015
Reduce- the attitude, you know, the "but I've always done it this way" or "its my library". We need to Remind ourselves that ours is not a regular classroom, we really do belong to our community of teachers and learners and must open our doors widely and cheerful (even if it is for testing!)
Reuse - there are lots of things we have stockpiled in our libraries that we can get rid of. Why not use it to create a Makerspace activity? Take a look here for ideas: https://www.pinterest.com/cari_young/library-makerspaces/
Recycle - or check it out! Just about anything in our spaces can be checked out if there is a need. My advocacy thought is that if an item is checked out, someone needs to bring it back and that can begin a conversation that could lead to more use of the media center.
What can you do with 3 R's to improve your library media center/learning commons? Try something new!
Thursday, March 19, 2015
I am always working for more and better collaboration experiences, and I discovered that testing opened that door. My teachers had less time to cover what needed to be and when I offered to help out and be a part of their teaching some were thrilled. A second teacher in the room, as I working on embedding myself in classes when the library space was closed. Once they realized that I wasn't adding more time to their lessons, but supporting their teaching I was welcomed back; this is building that relationship I want. Sometimes we need to step back and not push our own agenda, just be that extra set of hands. I am anxiously waiting to see if we progress toward the next step closer to collaboration ...
There are many resources available, to assist you as you move to a more collaborative environment. Here is one I really like.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”
― Helen Keller
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Now it is the day after, and I am reflecting on all of that. I guess my first question should be, what exactly do I want as an outcome of this? What should I offer? Who should be involved? How can it be funded?
|Thinking outside the box|
- 1. Create a survey for students, learning what they would like to have.
- 2. Create a steering committee of interested students, and go through collected data to formulate a plan of action.
- 3. Take plan to administration and determine follow through opportunities.
- 4. Set up Makerspace model and see what happens!
- 5. Reevaluation after a period of time.
What do I hope to gain from this endeavor? A new space in the media center for students to have a creative outlet, a place to safely "push the envelope", a haven for students who feel out of step with others.
How about you? Are you reflecting on innovation? What do you see as the future of your teaching and learning space?