Sometimes it's good to remember you don't have to be a superstar. There are so many library role models out there, inspiring me with what they're doing, how they're teaching and how they're innovating. And while I draw plenty of inspiration from them, it's sometimes hard not to feel guilty about what you're not doing. My list runs to everything from not having all my signage in place, not fostering genuine collaboration with teachers, not having genre-fied my fiction collection, not implementing library centers, not teaching digital safety and citizenship, not stressing citation skills.
I feel a tremendous amount of anxiety and guilt over what I'm not doing, and it can sometimes make it hard to celebrate the amazing things that *are* happening. And that's not healthy or productive.
I got a great reminder about the importance of not pressuring ourselves to do everything 1000% from a fellow librarian, who shared a wonderful post by Joyce Valenza on the topic. Reading Joyce's words and taking her focus survey really helped to put things in perspective. Yeah, I'm not doing all that I could be in terms of digital citizenship, or citation skills, or reading the best new middle grade novels for reader's advisory.
I am focusing on transforming my space into a flexible, collaborative learning environment. I am exploring new things to do with technology. I am scoping out excellent digital tools to foster research and digital learning skills. I am coming up with exciting new interdisciplinary projects. Most importantly, kids are having fun and learning. I'm not giving 100, or even 1000% in all areas, and that's OK.
I have my focus. I am doing enough.
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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