I have had 5th grade students in my library in the afternoons helping me in the library. They are a HUGE help!
I've given a crash course in how to process books and turned them loose... even with the tape. I NEVER let students tape up books. But I promise you, my books were mating in my office and multiplying like rabbits. I had to give up control of the book tape.
After demonstrating how to process a book and leaving them a sample I usually watch them do one book, make any small corrections then leave to them to it.
It's hard giving up control like that.
I watched as one boy nearly cover the library barcode with an address label!
Me: You are about to give me a heart attack!
Different student to the boy who caused my near heart attack: Don't give my homegirl a heart attack!
I did not laugh in front of him. Instead I patted him on the shoulder, thanked him for having my back, walked in my office and laughed myself silly.
This is a kid who doesn't bond easily with others. I've known him for four years now and this is the first year we bonded.
We bonded over Minecraft books. I knew nothing about Minecraft except it was popular. Now... I know about Minecraft.
The power of building relationships. I had no idea it would take me four year to become this student's homegirl but it did. And I am so glad I finally found what would build that relationship.