School has started. The hybrid Dewey is not quite done. We survived. The kids know that things are moving around a bit and that it might not be possible to find all the books they're looking for, the parent volunteers have appreciated the thinking behind the new system, and I am not stressing. I mean, I am, because I don't want gaping, empty shelves for parents' night next Thursday, but I'm not panicked. We'll get there when we get there.
People have been asking how my year is going so far. And I have to say, we're off to a promising start. I've never had the benefit of a second year of teaching in any place before, and the difference between where I was at this time last year (exhausted, uncertain, learning new names and faces) and this year are incomparable. I am so much more confident. I have a clearer vision of what I want my library program to look like. I know the kids. I have new routines in place (post coming soon on initial forays into library centers). I like it.
And my readers keep me ever on my toes - suddenly asking for genres and books that haven't circulated in years, which makes me excited to get down to purchasing (last year I didn't really start ordering until mid-year due to the weeding) all the gorgeous, vibrant, interesting new non-fiction on the market. So here's to year two and new adventures.
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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