It's been a different year so far. To quote one of my newest favorite characters, Iva Honeycutt, not "bad-different, interesting-different." In my second year in the library, things are falling into place but I still find myself staying late, coming in early, and spending part of my weekends at school. Granted, I have two kids with me loving to use the high-speed wifi (and sometimes a dog for companionship!), but I just wonder when I'll catch up!
This past week, we had a two-day visit with Candice Ransom, which was AWESOME! She was able to come two days (Thursday and Friday), so we could work with smaller groups in the library (roughly, two resources classes per day for K-5). I guess the "bad-different" part was that I was so engaged with her talk and the kids' writings that I completely forgot to take pictures! I'll instead share some of the display and the two books I've been reading with my 2nd-5th graders in preparation for the visit (all the sticky notes are bookmarks for the different classes - we're still working on the books!). I have to say, if you've never read Rebel McKenzie, it is now one of my favorite books! Excellent for older elementary as well as the young adult audience. Read it and you'll see :)
We've had some great lessons this year, but I still feel behind where I should be. Have I introduced "Adopt-a-Shelf" yet? No, and my shelves and the treatment of them shows that! I JUST got the teachers to agree to send my former library helpers in this past week (we've been in school since August 12) due to the earlier start of the academic day (they only come 1 day/week). After I "refresh" their training, I'll open up applications for new helpers for 3-5. I also haven't introduced Virginia Readers Choice to my 4th and 5th. I know they have until the beginning of April to read the books and vote, but the books are in and waiting on them! :)
What HAVE I done? I think I did a pretty good job of introducing/reintroducing Dewey Decimal System to 2nd-5th, refreshed 3-5 and retaught 2 how to use our online catalog, Destiny. We've done an author study in anticipation of Ms. Ransom's visit. The first week of school we did a refresher on library rules and book care. Why do I feel like this isn't enough for almost the beginning of October???
Ah well. I sit looking at my "to-do" list and realize I need to get to the point! One thing I've been working on today is uploading some of my younger students' lessons/activities. We have 3 Autism classes and a 4 yr old PreK and a 2-3 yr old PreK. Not exactly a Dewey audience! However, I realized I had 6 lessons I had done with them that were pretty fun and successful, covering different skills, that I hadn't shared! Please feel free to peruse them using the link to TPT (they're also on my TN site as well). Be SURE to download "Gus, the Dinosaur Bus" since that is a freebie!
If you'd like to know more on what Candice Ransom did with the students (the focus was on writing - wish my teachers had sat in, it was amazing!), please let me know and I'll do a separate post on it!