I came across this quote a few weeks ago and have incorporated it into my email signature.
Everybody is a genius. If you judge a fish by its ability to climbs a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid. I went on to read other quotes of his:
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
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I was in Myrtle Beach for Spring Break the week of April 5th.. but I did visit their library three of those days. I took pictures and hopefully can post them here. I had sent them to my email from my phone, but when I checked earlier, they were not there. They were promoting Library Week as well, and had a bulletin board with a variety of events for the public to partake in, like Scrabble night! That sounded fun and something my husband and I would have done while there, but it was to be after we checked out. The children’s library had an educational area for parents and teachers to check out resources like the magazine, “Mailbox”. The adult side pushed for quiet, then across the hall at the children’s side, there was bustling and lots of activity from the kids. Upstairs they had their research center. They sold withdrawn books and tapes much like our library in Henderson does, and I asked for a library bag if they were selling any, but they were out. The name of the library was Chapin Public Library in Myrtle Beach. If I was smart I should have gone back for the extended activities and used them for my observation hours!
I believe I am nearing the end of them. I need to get them posted into Live Text. I still have to visit a public library,. yep.. see above! haha. Overall, I have met some very nice teacher-librarians. Some are used to teach other classes or in one case the librarian used to be a math teacher, so she gets the students in the morning that need help with their math. Sometimes I think the school Librarian gets taken advantage of as it seems like we are just “extras”. One Librarian had to take over 40 students so that the teachers could get their planning time, when the computer lab had to be closed for testing. I found that unacceptable, at the same time I silently prayed a thank you that would not happen at my school.
I am already planning for the summer refresher and look forward to meeting all my new friends there!
OK! After working with the HS librarian for a couple hours today- I got to observe the book fair at the elementary school! I had went to observe them before and it was RIGHT when the book fair had ended, so I missed it. I didn’t think I would get to see another before it was over, but then came the end of year “buy one get one” book fair!
Since I had a full day of observing at the middle school earlier in the week (which was somewhat uneventful), it was a little hard to work out a time to get to the elementary school- but in talking to their librarian- he suggested that I come on the last day because it is typically the busiest so I could really see the action. He wasn’t lying! In the 3 hours I was there towards the end of the day- the steady flow of traffic was amazing! I remember being younger and hearing the words “book fair”. I remember that excitement, and feeling the independence of picking my OWN book- I couldn’t wait to show my friends what I got- then couldn’t wait to get home to read it. It was the best! I could see that in the kids faces today. Some of them had even been in earlier int he week and talked about how they had already finished reading the books they had purchased and wanted to get more!
I believe the librarian said that they made the “least” off of this sale as far as profit from the publisher- but they sometimes used this one to capitalize on the book the company says they will provide in lieu of the money. The other times of the year they do the sale- the keep the money they make…I BELIEVE I got that right…:). I will be back in the elementary to observe Monday morning- so I will get to help with packing away the book fair items as well as file the books that were returned during that time- since they kind of got put on the back burner.
As we’re just starting back from an amazing break, I feel now is when we kick into overdrive since the end of the school year is quickly approaching and testing begins soon. For me, testing begins tomorrow. Also, I’m getting more and more hours to work with my reading students, which is amazing because they’re really a great group of kids. They all struggle but do not allow it to keep them down. They are so headstrong and have improved since the beginning of the year when I first started working with them. I can’t tell y’all how proud I am of them. This is the kind of thing that answers the infamous question: “why do I teach, again?” haha. Going into the library and getting the opportunity to see them learn and grow makes all the work worth it. I’m actually sad the year is almost over. haha. I have absolutely loved getting the opportunity to work with the librarian and I am so glad she’s put so much faith in me, although I was a bit freaked out at the time since I just graduated last December. However, observing her and getting to bounce ideas of her as well as other teachers has really made me confident in my abilities. I can’t wait to finish this semester even stronger than when we first began.
Tomorrow I get to observe in the middle school. I am actually taking a full day so that I can observe and get some hours in. It will be interesting to be down there because I have heard nothing but horror stories about these middle school kids! I will be in a classroom mainly- hoping to get into the library on Thursday. Every year it seems that the middle school teachers talk about how bad of a class they have. It usually takes one semester at the high school to cure that, for most of them. I don’t know whether it is maturity or being around older kids…but it will be interesting to see them “in their natural habitat” ha!!!!
I have had the opportunity to help with our after school program in the media center called cheers. This is a program for students to catch up with missing assignments, tutoring, or simply just a place to hang out after school. This event takes place Monday through Thursday and is located in our media center. The students that stay after to hang out usually assist other students or work on projects of their own. The week before spring break I helped a group of female students repair the picnic tables that our custodians use. This is something that our high school has been doing since I have been working here and now I am seeing what a truly great program this is for the students.
I have had the chance to participate in some after school tutoring this week with elementary school kids. I worked with 1st graders and helped with math, spelling and reading. It is interesting to see how they are teaching math now. It seems to be one thing that is always changing. This week, the math I helped with dealt with grouping things in “10’s” and “1’s” and doing addition and subtraction from that visual. I feel as if the concept is to break down numbers in order to make the problem easier to solve…but me personally I feel like it is a lot of extra steps and a lot of focus on things besides the actual problem- BUT- I am not a first grader learning math- I have already learned in my way- so I need to embrace the change and roll with the instructions given!
Nothing new this week. Our school is on Spring Break, and my husband and I are in Myrtle Beach. I have the last of my observation hours scheduled between next week and the last of April. I did check out the local library here yesterday. It was Chapin Public Library. Small, quaint and quiet. In this busy beach town it was nice to see that not everyone is concerned with being on it.
So, with nothing new to add, I will check back in when we arrive home Saturday! I hope the weather back home will be as nice as it is here!
Yea! I am halfway through my observation hours. I scheduled the last 3 today. As challenging as it was to complete the necessary hours, I do admit that I have learned a great deal from my visits. It was good to learn that all the librarians I visited (school) also used the Destiny program. Are there librarians here who use anything different?
Apart from the tips of the trade that I have gleaned, I have also made valuable friendships and have extended my network of librarian peers! Best of all, I love the listserv! (And Teachers Pay Teachers!) Happy Easter Everyone!
Spring break begins in my school district next week and to say I need a break would be an understatement. I just started my master’s program this semester and came out of the gate taking two classes. I teach 4 different preps in my 6 periods each day and my planning periods are usually spent in the library. I really enjoy my time working in the library and with the librarian but I need a break! I know this stressful time is short lived and will pay off in the future so that is my motivation right now.I hope everyone has a restful spring break and enjoys it like I know I will.