Monday, April 24, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

For Pleasure:

Last Week I finished the 3rd book in the Lux series, Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout.  I have truly enjoyed this young adult paranormal fantasy series.  In this book Daeman and Katy are working with the rest of the family and an enemy they don't really trust, but have no choice but to work with him, on saving Dawson's girlfriend.  People die, friendships are renewed, & failures happen.  Some major failures happen.  The ending of this book isn't wrapped in a pretty packages. Ha!  You have to read the next book to see what happens.  I can't wait to read the next book!

I started an Advance Readers Copy called Spoils by Brian Van Reet that I picked up at my library conference last week.  This is the first book I've read about the war in Baghdad.  I'm not very far into the book. This isn't a normal read for me but one that I look forward to finishing.  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

What Are You Good At?

Last month in our library meeting our fearless lead librarian encouraged us to send in proposal's to present at the Texas Library Association conference.  She reminded us that we are each good at something.

And I'm sure she said something about each librarian but I only remember what she said about me. Self-centered?  Maybe... probably... Ok, yes.

She said I was good at self-promotion.

This is something I hadn't thought about.  So I thought about it.  I've actually been thinking about it for 2 1/2 weeks.

Self-promotion is such a tricky thing.  You don't want to look braggy and all "look at how awesome I am" but at the same time if you're not singing your praises who is?

I think it all started when I was an itinerant teacher for the Deaf.  As an itinerant teacher I was in and out of schools in an hour or less.  I pulled gen ed students into a room... or usually a small closet and worked with them one on one.  My multi handicapped students worked with me in a corner of the Special Ed room.  No one really saw what I did unless there was a scheduled observation.  And let's be honest, I chose the students who were going to make me look like an awesome Deaf Ed teacher for those observations.

At our Deaf Ed meetings we talked about lessons that went well.  Basically we self-promoted but we didn't call it that.

Now 14 years later I'm in the library where my admin usually does not come in unless I text/call them to come.  And I do... when the lesson I'm doing makes me look awesome.  Ha!  So that my admin (district and campus level), teachers, parents, and students know what happens in my library I put it on our school Facebook (then I share it on my personal page), on our school website, sometimes on Twitter, and in our district library showcase.

Because, really, who out there in my district is going to fight for libraries if they don't see what librarians are doing?  We are sooooo much more than a book drop.  And all my posts and tweets and articles show what a #FutureReadyLibs looks like.

Yeap, I self-promote.  But I don't do it just for myself.  I do it for all libraries everywhere.  And if you're a librarian you should be doing it too.

Actually, all educators should be doing it!  Teaching is such an under appreciated profession.  It's time we show the world what we do.

Self-promotion on 3.  1, 2, 3 SELF- PROMOTION!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Five For Friday-No School

1.  There's no school today.

2.  There's no school Monday.

3. It's a looonnnnggggg weekend.

4.  I'm excited.

5.  I'm overjoyed!

Not Much

I don't feel like blogging today.  Not because I don't have anything to say.

I have a lot to say.

I just can't put it all out here on the world wide web for everyone and their dog to read.

I'm angry.  At a lot of people.  At the system.  At my choice (though at the time that choice was truly the best choice for me.  But now.  Now it doesn't seem that way).  At the choices I have before me now.  I don't like my options.  That makes me angry.

I'm angry with myself for being so angry.  The people don't know I'm angry.  The system doesn't know I'm angry.  I can't go back and make different choices.

So here I am.

I'm not an angry person.  I don't like feeling this way.  It's showing on my face at work.  A teacher who doesn't normally pick up on feelings asked me if I was ok.  In a note passed to me during a faculty meeting.  I felt like I was back in junior high trying to pass a note to a friend when the teacher wasn't looking. Ha!

I need to fix my face.  Fix my mood.  Fix my attitude.  But honestly.  I don't know how.

I'm trying to remember that I can find happiness if I only remember to turn on the light (Albus Dumbledore) but the light is dim and not brightening the dark every well.

Maybe I just haven't found a bright enough light.  I'm still flipping switches.  Or maybe I have and don't realize it.

Who knows.

All I know is that I'm angry.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wordless Wednesday-Flat Walter

I'm soooooo ready for my TLA conference!  
I printed out my Flat Walter and I'm ready for the selfies and tweeting to begin! 
(oh... and also the learning lol)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Blackout Poetry

I did Blackout Poetry with K-5th last week.  We had so much fun!  

Everyone got involved!  I have some really creative students, teachers and paraprofessionals!

With Kindergarten we did it as a whole group.  It worked better this way since their reading skills are still low but there were a few students who could pick out some harder words.  Then those who were reading on level or a little below were able fill in with some of the "easier" words.

With 1st and 2nd we did one as whole group but I also let them do their own.  Since I used pages from chapter books some students circled sight words while others were able to circle harder words. Usually the teacher or para sat at the table with them and helped them as needed while I ran the library.

3rd-5th I show examples of what a couple of paraprofessionals, my student helpers and I did. Then they did their own.

I did not limit how many pages they could tear out of old books.  Some students wanted me to put their's on the window but also wanted to take one home to show their family.  So it worked better to let them tear out more than one page.

This is something I plan to do for many years to come!

Monday, April 10, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

For Pleasure:

I finished Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.  I mentioned last week that I was having a hard time reading this book because it was so factual.  I was determined to finish this book so I decided to switch to the audiobook.  I am sooooo glad I did!  I ended up really enjoying the book.  There was so much history and interesting facts.  I don't know what it is about reading facts that makes me want to fall asleep but listening to them peeks my interest.

I don't normally say this but... if I'm honest... I really did like the movie better.  The characters were more developed and we really got a peek into their lives.  There was a story in the movie.  The book wasn't a story and the characters weren't the center of the book the way they were in the movie.

If you are a factual kind of person you'll love this book.  If you're not then you'll just like it.

I'm almost done with the 3rd book in the Lux series, Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout.  I have truly enjoyed this young adult paranormal fantasy series.  In this book Daeman and Katy are working with the rest of the family and an enemy they don't really trust, but have no choice but to work with him, on saving Dawson's girlfriend.  People die, friendships are renewed, failures happen... and now I'm waiting to see how it ends.

For School:

April is poetry month so I've been reading poetry to my students.

For Pk-2nd I read about 5 poems from Come Play With Me by Margaret Hillert.  My favorite poem is "The Book".  I told students to listen to the poem then at the end raise their hand if they could tell me why it was my favorite.  Most students said because I love books but with the PK students would name things they saw in the illustrations.  So that question might not of been appropriate for them.

With 3rd-5th I read Hypnotize A Tiger by Calef Brown.  Again I only read a handful of poems.  We discussed rhyming words.