Moving librarianship from light to heavy

  I just finished an article y Joellen Killion called Are You Coaching Heavy or Light? I'm having a hard time finding it online, but if you search for it, you can download it.  Again, I'm drawing parallels from a coaching article to school librarianship, but they really aren't outside the realms of possibilities. I'm at the beach right now, so while the author uses the terms light and heavy, I'm thinking shallow and deep. We start out in the shallow end. We learn the terrain, grasp the temperature, better understand the way the water is moving. If we want to get more than our feet wet, however, we have to venture out into deeper waters. I laughed when I saw Ms. Killion used these terms near the end of the article! Possible shallow behaviors: book recommendations lists of websites materials that support read-alouds attending PLCs teaching that supports subject standards These are important as the help build relationships with teachers and students and they are defini

Defining our roles as school librarians

I’ve been thinking a lot about the place that librarians have in the curriculum continuum in a school, and this has led me to reading books, blogs, and websites of curriculum coaches and a few principals.  Ms. Houser recently posted titled, “ How to clarify instructional coaching roles & responsibilities .” As I was reading it, I thought this could really be beneficial to school librarians too. I’m going to modify the list a bit to fit what we do.  1. Define what school librarians do .  Make a list of what you do daily, weekly, monthly, and even annually. As an elementary librarian, what people see me do is teach, and at times it may look like I’ve got a good bit of spare time. But there are so many things that go on in the background when I’m not teaching.  I loved that she included the question, “Where am I stretched thin?” Those times are on us before we know it, so let’s highlight them and see how we can make those times or tasks less cumbersome. Find a partner librarian! Every

Summer refresh.

  Last school year was a bear for us all. We taught remotely, we taught combinations of remote and in-person, we taught multiple groups on different days, and we taught in person. We were told 6-feet was very important until there were too many kids in school to do 6-feet, then 3-feet became important. And let's see, how many first days did we have? Well, I quit counting so, I'm not really sure anymore! Thank goodness for summer! We have 8 weeks of summer break, and it's been a little more than a month now. When people ask what I've done, I say nothing. Glorious nothing. So I have done the following: watched TV read napped spent untold hours on social media lunched with friends played with the grandkids went on lots of long walks with Ron and lots of no-brain needed things ;) I focused on all those good nothing things that there just never seems to be enough time for during the school year!  But doing nothing isn't quite right. More tangible things have slipped into

Behind the Scenes at NC’s State Conference

  I’m the immediate past president of NCSLMA this year, which means I get to serve on NCSLMA’s Conference Planning Committee. I served along with our president elect, Cindy Sturdivant, and the incoming president elect, Jenny Umbarger. This year’s conference proved to be as rewarding as it was unusual! Planning Under Cindy’s leadership, we made plans for a traditional conference. Then COVID hit, and NC all but shut down. Since we contract for several years out with our convention site, we moved forward with plans for a traditional conference. There were so many unknowns, but until NC called for a time extension on the shutdowns, we couldn’t  renegotiate the contract for 2020’s fall conference. Read more . . .

When You Give a School Librarian an Empty Space

I walked into the new school library at Chatham Grove Elementary School for  the first time in May 2020. There was so much space! It was incredible! We  could host a square dance in between the eighteen double-sided rolling  shelves, four book carts, and two rolling chairs. The furniture looked so  small all by themselves. [...] You may view the latest post at https://knowledgequest.aasl.or g/when-you-give-a-school-libra rian-an-empty-space/

Current Events -- NASA's OGO-1 Satellite

  NASA's OGO-1 satellite has finally returned to Earth after 56 years in orbit news/86615-nasa-ogo-1- satellite-has-finally- returned-earth.html After 56 years in orbit, this satellite splashes down near Tahiti. What technologies do we have today that we didn’t have when this satellite went up? How are satellites used? What was happening in NASA 56 years ago?  There was an article preview on the same page about a palm pilot which made me wonder what technologies have come and disappeared in that time frame. How does something that big falling into the ocean affect the living organisms? How has day-to-day living changed since the OGO-1 went up? (Or any single aspect of it!)

Current Events -- Corn Moon

  A full “corn moon” rises tonight — and it only happens once every three years.   Unfortunately, this is yesterday’s news, but . . . Since it’s yesterdays news, it’s a good time to walk the kids through internet searching techniques to find more information on the  event . Key words, looking at the source for accuracy and authenticity, etc.  -Examine the lunar cycle/moon phases -How does this happen every three years when the moon phases every 29.53 days? This is also an amazing math exploration.  -Discuss the accuracy of the Farmer’s Almanac.  -How often do we have two full moons in the same month? For social studies —  This particular full moon is called other things in other countries. What cultural significance does the name hold in any of those countries? articles/ CAIiEDLFz0Df5ZqfMCTK438Hll4qGQ gEKhAIACoHCAowyNj6CjDyiPICMJyF xQU?hl=en-US&gl=US&ceid=US% 3Aen