This is one of my library lessons that I taught to students. Focus is on Google Docs, Slides, and Gmail.
While my first Scholastic Book Fair was one of the most stressful things I've ever done, I had a fun time pretending to be a Bookseller like the people at Barnes and Noble! For my first fair, I don't feel like I did anything major or too special, but I DID order the decorations pack from Scholastic to get a magical feel going. I also promoted the book fair for about a month before it happened and coordinated it to happen at the same time as one of our community nights. AND I had the book fair happen in the larger area of my library rather than in my makerspace where it had been held in the past. Thanks to the awesome support and community of readers that my school homes, we had the most successful book fair in school history! I am so proud to work where I do.
This week I end my summer and start anew. Again. For the third year in a row. This school year will be my third year in a library (as a full time librarian) and it is also my third school and my third district in three years.
Pattern? Not really. I don't think that anyone goes in to a school year thinking that it won't work out or thinking that their goals will change, but things happen-life happens and we leave. My first library was amazing in a ninth grade campus. (We served 1,200+ freshmen every day.) But right before the school year started, I got engaged and we were planning on moving to Austin before I had taken the job. So as the school year progressed, I knew that Austin was my end-goal.
My second library was in a full comprehensive high school in an amazing district with awesome students and awesome support, but realized that while I loved secondary-middle school is my heart. I LOVED working with freshmen and teaching them research skills, but I felt like I needed to go back to roots-younger kids, to really show what I'm made of. So I left. Again.
Now I am starting a new year in a middle school that I've heard is "schooltopia" with one full-time clerk, great support systems, and an excitement and willingness to prove myself. I've got so much knowledge to share and fun ideas that I want to put out there and see what kids think. I've had so much disappointment in the past that with my two TLA awards, I've felt like with the skills and passion that I have, I could do more.
So that's what I am setting out to do. My third year will be my best yet and I can't wait to share it with y'all! What are some of your goals and thoughts on this new school year?