Sometimes, it's hard not to feel like you're not being the bestest, most awesomest librarian ever. Logically, I know I've done a heck of a lot in six months, but it's hard not to feel like there's so much more you could or should be doing. It's so easy to fall into that slump when you follow librarian bloggers who are amazing examples of what our profession can achieve, who inspire me each time I read one of their blog posts.
But sometimes things don't always go to plan. A research project drags on too long and kids lose the spark that got them motivated in the first place. You stumble from a whirlwind 5 day, international trip and do as little active instruction as possible during the next week. You get the standardized testing schedule and realize that between tests and library closures for said testing, you're losing valuable instructional time - it's hard not to feel discouraged.
So I'll put it out there: I am not involved in my school's Read Across America Day celebrations tomorrow. I had never heard of World Read Aloud Day before two weeks ago. I did nothing with the Caldecott or Newbery awards with my students, either real or our own mock contest. I dropped the ball in ordering the books for our statewide book award contest, where students have to read 5 books to vote.
But it's ok. We've done great things, and read great books, and learned new things. My frenetic weeding of the fall will eventually get finished, and the library will look incredible when it does. Those signs I keep meaning to make to guide students to find books will eventually get made. And there's always next year. That's what I'll keep telling myself.
If you've never used Animoto as a promotional tool for your library program, you are missing out. I now have my cellphone pretty much permanently glued to my side when I am doing activities with kids so that I can photograph and video and gather examples of what we're doing, because as I learned last night, people don't know. When I get the chance to start talking about what we're doing in the library, the teachers whose students I see weekly go "wait, wow, you do that in the library?" And then their minds are blown (in a good way).
I'd made a video for the first six weeks in library, but it was very touchy-feel-good and not very impressive on the 21st century skills front. So, this time around, I stepped up my game. And then I sent it to the entire elementary school faculty, my principal, and my superintendent. And boy, does it feel good to redefine perspectives and shift understandings of what happens in the library :)
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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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