I want to share an experience I had recently with one of my students, because it personifies our purpose as librarians (and it's also a really good story). He came into the library a few months ago with his English class, with the task of finding a book for a free-choice independent reading project. Aside … Continue reading This: A Story of Purpose
I absolutely love that my library's makerspace has been able to serve our Beginning English class this year. See this post from October about our first lessons! For a variety of reasons, we haven't been as consistent about having monthly lessons in the makerspace as we first intended. This month, we were determined (that, and … Continue reading Beginning English, Makerspace, and Purpose
If you're like me, this past week has been...rough. Aspects of our country have been changed so much, often at a flick of a pen, much to the horror and shock of many people in America - and across the globe. It hasn't been easy on my students, either. The middle school where I work is … Continue reading Providing Safety When Students’ Lives Get Complicated.
Last year I thought and thought about what my one word to guide my year would be. I narrowed to two, Create & Share, and decided to go with both since they went so well together. It was great to have both words and focus my first year of blog posts around these really inspiring … Continue reading 2017 #oneword
So even though I'm down to the wire with this post (4 hours and 32 minutes of 2016 left!) I wanted to do some brief reflecting on my first year blogging, my words for 2016, and what 2017 holds. Hoping this post will be quick and to the point; we'll see if it actually happens! … Continue reading Create & Share: 2016 in Review
I've been debating for a few days whether or not this post was actually going to come to fruition. I went back and forth, wondering if this was even a topic posting about and if it would mean anything to anyone. The conclusion I came to was that it means everything to me, so I'm … Continue reading A Librarian’s Thankful List.
When I first was planning my makerspace, I set a goal for myself to find at least 3 ways for each subject to use the makerspace in the standards/lessons they already teach. Well, while I was far from reaching my goal, some really great ideas came out of that brainstorming. One of them was working … Continue reading Conversational English in the Makerspace
Today I have a grand total of 8 students in our makerspace after school. With the exception of two students working together on stamping and crafts, everyone is working on their own project. A smattering of projects: One student is making a helmet from parts of a paper box and aluminum foil, another is creating … Continue reading Makery Things (A quick post)
I don't know about you, but fall is always incredibly busy for me as a librarian. Between orientation, starting to collaborate with teachers, and attending conferences, every moment is good, but every moment is full, too. Through the course of the last month or so, I've experienced and reflected on many things that I've been wanting … Continue reading Fall: A Time to be Busy (and Remember What We Do)
Happy back to school! I know most of us have been back for a while, but oh man, I feel so drained after school for most of September. There's so much going on: launching clubs, processing new books, meeting & getting acquainted with new staff, and oh yeah, that minor detail called orientation. Since my school … Continue reading Orientation, Making, and Welcoming Everyone into the School Library