While I have spent the majority of the school year preparing for our exciting 1:1 Chromebook Initiative, I am ever mindful of THE BOOKS! If I've heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times..."I don't remember the title, but the cover was RED!" Happy Valentine's Day!
For the month of October, I decided to host in my media center a new program. Get Your Game On! features a selection of board games for students to choose from. My goals for this program included: 1. Increased interest in the Media Center
2. A time for students to practice some critical thinking and strategies
3. A fun activity!
Needless to say, as usual, I learned a lot! I got spanked in checkers! I ruled in UNO (purely by chance) and attempted chess (not so successful!) The highlight was watching students TEACH EACH OTHER how to play!
This school year, as I plan projects to entice my students into the library media center, I decided to begin with "Scan Watch Read". These bookmarks with scannable QR code links to book trailers are available through Teachers Pay Teachers from BookChic. There are 3 sets of about 28 each (elementary available as well). I found that my middle school library collection owned about 16-18 of titles from each set.
Disclaimer from BookChic: "To ensure that students are taken to a safe place to view the book trailers, none of the videos go to YouTube, instead they were changed to a Safe Share link (a site that removes all ads and links associated with a YouTube videos."
My students LOVED the first set so much, I went back and purchased sets #2 and #3.
,In future planning for a more interactive media center, for the Month of April I decided to offer a Recycled Poetry activity. Many students (and staff) found it to be intriguing, and I wanted to share some of the results:
In trying to learn what my new students like to read, I setup a "Caught Reading" bulletin board. Before turning in books, students are asked to take a picture of themselves and email it to me. I will add the pictures as they arrive. Honestly, the students have been more interested in how tall they are (see pics) than anything else! (Only 1 has asked (so far) the significance of the number on the sign. #80smusiclives
Please check out our school website. I welcome suggestions on how to improve it! I am also working on updating mine so that it is more "middle school appropriate". I have included some pictures of this fabulous space I get to work in each day!
Our school superintendent recently announced school closings due to inclement weather in a unique way: https://goo.gl/BL1y3T
Nice to know our administration has a sense of humor especially when it comes to winter weather in NC!
I have recently embarked on a new library adventure: MIDDLE SCHOOL! I am super excited about this new role and very eager to begin the new year with many positives.
I have been asked (and even queried others myself): What are the differences between an elementary librarian's role and a middle school librarian's role? I aim to find out!
Please "checkout" my new location: Southeastern Stokes Middle School. I am eager to advertise this wonderful physical space (pictures to come soon) and update my webpage with many highlights. #proudtobeawarrior
This year at GES we are planning on creating a MakerSpace in the Library Media Center for the benefit of all students. MakerSpaces have been around awhile. And they are basically exactly what they sound like: a place in which to make things.
We plan to start small and are asking for donations of simple, mostly consumable items:
MakerSpace Wish List
paper lunch bags
storage containers (tubs, baskets)
markers, crayons, colored pencils
Knex building kits