It feels like I've been here for days and days instead of just two, but I suppose that's what happens when you attend every concurrent session (minus one) - that's a lot of learning, a lot of ideas, a lot of inspiration.
I now have a great list of high quality non-fiction to purchase for the library.
I have a sense of where to begin constructing lessons and a curriculum to teach internet safety to my K-4s.
I am going to start taking baby steps into genre-fying the fiction section of the library.
I am going to continue weeding with a purpose. Yes, even the picture books.
I am going to start brainstorming how to truly transform the library into a learning commons that facilitates collaboration yet meets the needs of all the groups that use it.
I feel confident in my technology skills, realizing that 95% of the apps being talked about, I'm already using or know about.
I am going to challenge myself to come up with ideas that could be turned into presentations. It's a little daunting to think about, but I have to believe that I have things to teach others.
I am going to improve the signage of my NF section.
I am going to figure out when and how to run a graphic novel contest with my students and publish their books, celebrate their achievements, and make them feel proud.
But most of all? I'm going to keep doing what I'm already doing. Am I a perfect library teacher? Nope. Am I the best? Nope. But I'm learning, and I'm doing the best I can, and it turns out, the best I can is pretty darn good. And that feels awesome to realize.
My name is Ms. Bery. I am a PK-8 library media specialist in the Boston area. In addition to being a certified school librarian, I am also certified in instructional technology, and have a strong interest in exploring and integrating technology in new and exciting ways in the classroom.
I am also a 2016 PBS LearningMedia Local Digital Innovator, and a 2015 recipient of the Massachusetts School Library Association's President's Award.
Check out the Sandbox for apps and websites I've found useful in supporting student learning and creativity. I also (very occasionally) review children's and young adult literature on my book reviews page.
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