This semester, I have a student teacher working with me. As we've begun to talk and have him learn the ropes of my program it's been an interesting experience looking back and realizing how many things I've learned and absorbed over time, things that have become second nature to me but that I now have to be cognizant about in order to teach him. As I reflected on our first two weeks together, I realized that while he can easily observe me teach, there is a lot to my job that happens behind the scenes, in short conversations in the hallway or over lunch, or via email, and that's harder to get a sense for, but they are still vital parts of my job. They're also a large part of why I'm so busy and have such a hard time focusing on and finishing tasks (at least, that's what I tell myself!), but it's good, because it means I have an active, engaged library program. So, on a whim, I decided to write up a summary of my day on Thursday (he isn't with me that day) in order to give him the full picture of a day in my life. It turned into a pretty fascinating exercise, and I'm glad I did it, so I figure, why not share it here?
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
So there you have it. One snapshot of a busy, exciting, normal day in my library.
And I still haven't finished the hold slips...
At the end of the school year, my good friend Laura Gardner posted on Instagram and Twitter about how last year, she and her colleagues did a 30 book (or however many felt reasonable) challenge to read more middle grade/young adult books to better recommend them to students. It was such a success, they were repeating it this year, and she encouraged others to join in the fun. I made a post on Facebook, and encouraged by the response I got, sent out a staff-wide email. Before I knew it, 18 colleagues were participating. I created a Padlet for us to share our reading, and we were off.
Over the summer, we collectively read more than 100 books - a mixture of everything from picture books to adult and everything in between. I loved logging onto the Padlet and seeing what had been added and by whom, and the ensuing conversations, whether in person or via FB messenger. It was so much fun, we all grew as readers, and I got some stellar suggestions for my collection and ideas for my own reading (and vice-versa!). I cannot wait to do this again next summer, but I've promised to keep the Padlet going for whoever wants to keep posting over the course of the year. Hopefully I won't be alone!
If you want to see what people read, you can check out the hashtag on Instagram or on Twitter.
And how did I do? Well, I have set myself a yearly goal each year for the last 7 or 8 - I usually aim for 50. As a result of the summer reading challenge (21 kid/middle/young adult books, 7 grown up) , I blew straight through that goal, and hit my second goal of 75, so onwards to 100 I go! All my kid-appropriate books were reviewed on my work Instagram.
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 review children's, middle grade, and young adult books on Instagram.
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