Friday, May 27, 2011

End of the year, and a new beginning

This is one crazy end of the school year!  Inventory must be done, plus all my things packed up for my move (literally) to high school!  While I am cleaning, organizing, and rethinking my approach to teaching and learning in the secondary school, I will be making lists: of things to get done, of resources to explore, of curriculum to learn, and of great YA books to read.
If you have a suggestion for any of my lists that would assist me in this shift in thinking, I would appreciate hearing from you.  I am already reading "Readicide", "Curriculum 21", and will be reading "The Shallows" this summer.  I would love to know of some fun new YA novels I can read and share with my new students.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Things to do at a hospital

My mother is in the hospital.  If you have parents of an age, you know all about this.  Some body parts are no longer under warranty and just don't work like they used to.  So we came to the emergency room on a Sunday -- she was taken back immediately then .... we.... waited ..... and .... waited ....  Time moves differently in places like this.  So, during this waiting period I tried to keep myself entertained by:
Reading  - True, mostly by the author of Ida B.; The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan, and the latest Prevention magazine.
Computing - Mostly window shopping on the Internet; readying my library catalog for inventory, and looking at  high school library websites for ideas.
Television -- have you tried watching daytime TV???
Chocolate -- I consumed more than is healthy!

How do you entertain yourself at places like this?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

New job!

Well, it's official, with the failure of our school levy cuts have been made to staffing.  Through some convoluted plan, I have been moved from the elementary setting, which will turn into librarians sharing 2 buildings, to the high school, where I will, for the first time, be working with students taller than me.   Talk about joining me on an adventure in Libraryland, I will be having a lot of talks with myself on this site; and will be looking for suggestions and support!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Books about mothers

On this special Sunday I am thinking of books I love that have a strong mother theme.  These books make me think not only about motherhood, but the way other characters think about mothers. The first book I think of is "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMN."  The lengths that Mrs. Frisby goes to protecting her family are amazing.  She faces every fear she has, all in the name of mother's love.  This next book does not have a mother in the story, but instead demonstrates and the different ways people in  your life can make  you feel loved and cared for.  "Everything on a Waffle" shows the unwavering faith of a little girl, and the town who cares for her each in their own way.  And finally, "One Crazy Summer" which chronicles 3 little girls attempts to connect with their mother, only to discover that mother's love is not a guarantee, but their love for each other can help assuage the pain of finding this out.
I having been trying for years to write a book about my mother's childhood, to keep alive the memories of her idyllic moments, and save the memories for future generations of family.  Do you share books with mother's themes with your students?  If so, do you share the broad spectrum of motherhood books that are available?  Do all of your students have the same type of mothers?  Are these reflected in your book choices?

Sunday, May 01, 2011

May day!

The first day of May, a day to surprise your neighbors with flowers or dance around a Maypole.  Not for those of us in education!  Yikes, is my first thought, so much left to do -- where to fit it all in?  My teaching schedule is full of classes trying to finish that one last project and me trying to get ready for an inventory at the same time.  It's an age old conundrum, customer service or library management?  Which do you take care of first?  Usually I fit in every class and worry about things like inventory once the school year is over.  This happens on my own dime, no extended contract here.  But this year, with all of the bad feelings and turmoil about the state of education and the value of teachers, I am giving serious reflection to how I finish out the year.  Does professionalism equate to volunteerism?  Where do my  passion for my career and my love of my students factor in?  Are you having the same qualms?  Do  you have a plan to solve your dilemma?