Lessons, Library Instruction, Library Management, Uncategorized

Set Your Priorities

It’s hard to do 20 things at once – impossible really, yet that is what we are expected to do, plan engaging, differentiated lessons; teach aforementioned lessons; help kids find a “just right” book for them; check out said books; check in books; shelve; order materials; assist teachers in planning research projects, finding books and answering …

Classroom Management, Lessons, Library Instruction, Uncategorized

Bring Your Life With You to Work

I have found to really connect with the students they need to see you as human.  So many times students see teachers as this adult who has no connection to them as a person.  The teacher is this grown-up who stands in front of the room and has forgotten how to be a kid.  She is adult …

Introduction, Lessons, Library Instruction, Uncategorized

First Days of Library Classes – Let the Madness Begin

For me I always pick one book to start the year off.  I read the same book first day of library classes every year for grades K – 4 (and sometimes 5 and 6).  My favorite is Library Lil by Suzanne Williams.   The kids get the biggest kick out of the story – and the …

Displays, Library Management, Teacher Relationships, Uncategorized

New Librarians/New Library – Welcome to the Asylum

Here you are a brand new librarian either first job or first day in a new job – you still need to get the lay of the land.  It’s almost like being lost without a road map.  Where in the world am I?  Where is everything; where am I going; and how am I going to get there.  It’s probably …