"#1 Field Trip to the Public Library
A short-term, low-cost activity would be to have each 3rd or 4th grade class make a field trip to the local public library in the fall of tthe school year. Have them all sign up for their own library card,…"
"Mollie, You are a terrific writer, and your passion for reaching children and preparing them for the future is very evident! I love the emphasis on "going beyond the confines of my own learning" . This can be so scary for some…"
"Tiffany, I really liked your emphasis on the library as a place where students can take risks. They need a safe place to try out new ideas and new technologies, and as TL's we can be there to encourage and reflect with them about…"
Building Bridges: Teacher-Librarian Philosophy Statement
The over-riding purpose of a school library program is to ensure that all library patrons are effective users of information and ideas, in order to lay the groundwork for…"
"Mollie, I loved reading what your students wrote. You are right; letting the students have a voice and showing what they can do is key in advocacy. Their work speaks louder than anything we can say!. (reading the articles made me…"
"I love this glog! I am going to learn how to do this and it will be my report at the end of next year, when I actually have the hard data I need! Wow! Your teachers and principal are going to be very sorry not to have you in this…"
"The first action I need to take in order to advocate for my library and my position is educate my administration about what a school librarian can do and the varied roles he/she can play within the school. My school has never in it's 94…"
"I agree with Jerry, that getting boys to read is a challenge. I went to a workshop at CCIRA this year about getting boys to read, (maybe we were at the same one!) and the speaker had some great information and book lists that I am using when I…"
"I love your SMART goal, Jill! Getting to know student reading scores is critical, and encouraging them to find materials that they are interested in and at their reading level is sooo important! The other day I made a big mistake with a…"
"This smart goal is very situation-specific, as I work in a school environment that has yet to experiece effective collaboration between classroom teacher and the library, and at the elementary level, experiences very little technology use.…"
"Thanks for the info on VolunteerSpot. One thing I am realizing as I learn more about the scope of the job of a TL is that I need to utilize volunteers in order to fulfill my responsibilities. This sounds like a great tool to use to…"
"The Web 2.0 tool that I chose to focus on is at www.voicethread.com. I am so excited about this! I know some of you are already using this tool, and would love to know how it has worked for you. Check out this 3rd grade poetry writing…"
"Hi Jill, I love that you chose a math lesson to flip into a collaborative lesson with the TL. When I did the survey way back in the beginning of this class, most people that I surveyed indicated that math would be a subject area that would…"
"From Cooperation to Collaboration
Cooperative Assignment: For our school’s third grade animal research report, I am asked to pull books about various animals, and lay them out on tables for the students to choose from. The students…"
I have been working part time as a library aide at a private elementary school for the past 5 years. My educational background is in the area of social work. My goal is to eventually get my teaching certificate, but for now I am interested in learning about what will benefit my position right now. I am also a mother of three active children.
I love to read, however, most of my free time is spent cheering my kids on at their various sporting events. In the summer, we love to camp and hike in beautiful Colorado.
Current position and employment location
I work part time (24 hrs a week) as a library aide at a K-8 Denver Christian School campus.
whatever I am reading right now... but the top book for me would have to be The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
The little public library in my hometown of Lynden, Ontario. I have such great memories of the time I spent there as a child. Mrs Dearsley, the librarian was the best!
What professional development topics are you interested in learning more about?
Everything! Collaboration, collection development, integration of technology, the list goes on.
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Karen, I believe it was you who recommended Storybird earlier in the semester? If so, I want to thank you so much for suggesting this excellent resource! My fourth grade class is absolutely eating it up, and even my lowest writers are producing amazing stories inspired by the art on this site. Thanks so much for helping us rediscover the joy of writing...especially after CSAP! :)