Saturday, October 24, 2015
The first one, and most important to me, students love to be in my space. If a class has more students than computers in lab, I know students are chanting, I can go to the library, me too! I know because these same students find ways to be here throughout the day. You know the ones, you have them too, they are in several times for several periods daily. Just yesterday I had a student come in from our satellite school, the Innovative Learning Space and say would you email my teacher and let him know I am sending the morning here studying instead of there? I do so much better here. And she did! What a complement, that this space does give a student confidence and comfort, that this is where they choose to spend their time when they get to choose? How many of you have those students who stop by your desk everyday just to check in? I was out sick for two days recently and when I got back I had a young man go out of his way to come in and ask if I felt better. This was not a student I would say is a regular, but it was one I speak to whenever I see him. The climate we create is important, it impacts our school and our students. You never know when one small act of kindness will create a huge impact.
The second thing about my space, teachers know I will be open and accommodating (even if I really don't feel that way!). I want a filled, busy, productive space. And who knows, maybe if you are nice sharing your space the next time they will share their students, or their project, or, dare I hope, collaborate? We are different that classroom teachers. Yes, the media center is our classroom but it is also a community space and so we must juggle both aspects. Confession, I never could juggle, but in this case I am moving as fast as I can, because I do want this to be "the" place that everyone wants to be in.
One last comment, when I was told that my space would be used again for testing, the principal said, "Liz, you know I wouldn't take your space if I could help it, it is the heart of the school. But, in the same token, for the kids that have to come in and take this test, they couldn't be in a spot that makes them feel more comfortable and welcomed. And that is a great way to feel if you are already uncomfortable about the whole testing thing."
So, okay, I am adding concierge in my list of "other duties as assigned." And I will do it with a smile, and a, "Hi _____, how can I make your life better today?"
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!