Two years ago, I had the extraordinary good fortune to be granted a scholarship to attend the American Association of School Librarian's conference in Minneapolis. It was a whirlwind, heady, unbelievable experience, but at the same time, I had no idea what I was doing. I was a student, and while I was exposed to all sorts of issues, ideas and advice, it felt somewhat irrelevant because I had no professional space to call my own in which to put what I was learning to use.
Now, however, I am done with school, and more importantly, I have colleagues to collaborate with, students to teach, and a library space that is my own. I'm already making small changes here and there, but I'm really excited to have the chance to learn about all these new things and then do them. Adapt them, modify them, test them out. It's a heady feeling.
I will attempt to blog each day of the conference so that I capture my ideas here, and hopefully I'll also find some time to talk about some of the things I've accomplished thus far at new school, because I'm really proud of what I have done in so short a time (but there's also things I could be doing better - see: library centers).
For now though, I must pack, sleep, and head off to the IDEAxCHANGE, one of the very best parts of AASL, where librarians from across the country (including Mrs. Lodge and Cari Young) will do poster sessions of their best program ideas. So excited!
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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