It's almost the New Year! School starts at Crescent on Tuesday, September 3, 2013. I am lucky - I get to celebrate New Year's Day twice, January 1st, and this year, September 3rd, our first day of school. The library schedule is set, and students will start using the library during the second week of school.
The library will be used for instruction during 1st, 4th, and 5th periods, while I teach 6Math, online credit recovery, and Sociology classes. The remaining periods are scheduled for library classes, and open periods are available to other classes.
I am looking forward to working with the incoming kindergarten students; I love sharing books with them, and love to watch them check books out to take home for the very first time. One of the advantages to having a preschool on campus is that I meet my incoming students before they become kindergartners. It's always exciting to see those new/old kids! Of course, I enjoy working with all of the students, but there is something pretty special about the youngest learners.
It's going to be a great New Year!
Where has the school year gone?! It's nearly the end of October, which means the end of 1st quarter is nearly over. This has been a different kind of year, though - not like what I have experienced for some time.
The biggest change in the Crescent School Library is that is actually functioning as a library. I am only teaching one class, Psychology, instead of three classes, so the library is now available for five periods instead of two. There are teachers who are actually using the library as a library, which means research opportunities for middle school students, as well as seniors working on the computers on various projects for their new English teacher. The Noon Readers, 4th and 5th graders, are more focused, with their teachers adding accountability by requiring reading logs, so all of the Noon Readers are reading more. It seems a little strange to see the library being used - and it's wonderful!!
Library lessons taught so far this year have been library vocabulary, a scavenger hunt using QR Codes and iPads, using the online catalog, and digital safety.
One book order from Follett was received, with an additional 93 titles added to the collection. I am working on a book order which I would like to send off before the winter break. With increased time for library management tasks, more books have been cataloged, repaired, and weeded from the collection to make it as current and readable as possible.
So far, so good - it's been a good year so far!!
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