Haven't heard from me in a while? That's because the media center has been crazy busy. Was it just last September that I wondered whether anyone would use the library in a collaborative manner -- well, let me tell you, times have changed! I am working with English teachers on a novel unit, with my own group of students I am blogging with (and yes, I am grading my part of the unit), math teachers with whom I have created a PBL unit (so cool, they are creating 21st learning tools) so there are geometry students using all manner of technology and teamwork to create this learning tool, and a marketing plan as well. ELL students are creating book talk videos for our Destiny catalog, and my Student Advisory board is beginning all kinds of projects. Add to this mix those beloved study hall students who talk about how much they love to be in the media center to work (translation, socialize) because the atmosphere is a happy place -- one period today I had 90+ learners creating that special buzz that comes with active learning! Happy, crazy days at the library ranch! I think I am starting to build an authentic learning commons, the variety of uses of the media center dictates how things are arranged and what type of learning grouping are working. Students love to stop by the circ desk to talk, make book suggestions, and talk about additions they think would make the library better. What fun to hear these ideas, and even better when I can implement some of them.
I am trying to catch up on my reading as well, but I have to say it takes a lot longer to read those full length novels than those 32 page picture books! I have a long list of books to be read, again complements of the students and their passion for sharing! (Of course, I just added the newest award winners to my list of books to read!)
With all of this activity, am I happy? Yes. Satisfied with my media program? No way! I still need to get teachers to include me in the collaborative planning, integration of technology for 21st century learning, include pre and post assessments that demonstrate growth in these areas, and more!!
Life is good, but it can always get even better!