Today's Hours: 7 Total Hours: 60 Hours remaining: 40
On Tuesday, I prepared a worksheet of songs and books about trees for the Little Readers program, picking up a few books from the public library in addition to reading the books I chose from the Old Trail collection. This morning, I edited the design and printed copies, although I will not be presenting this program until next week.
Heather and I talked with a student’s father, who came in to ask about information literacy and library skills. His son is in 7th grade and started at Old Trail in 6th grade.
The fire alarm went off so we held the parent book club discussion of My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman in the parking lot; I had the audiobook version from the public library and shared my connection to Wit and Stranger than Fiction.
We reviewed her curriculum again as she showed me her unit maps; I learned about Librarian of Basra (freelibrary.org/onebook, MathFlix challenge) with the book and graphic novel, and a fantasy unit using A Ride on the Red Mare’s Back by Ursula K. Le Guin with a fantasy chart and coloring sheet. She shared the documents with me via Google Drive and I kept a hard copy as well. We also went over her lesson with 4th graders on poems for multiple voices in April, which was similar to Dr. Michelle Martin’s workshop at the 2017 Virginia Hamilton Conference. I enjoyed seeing her use of Who’s on First by Abbott and Costello, and searched the URL www.escapadedirect.com/whosonfirst.html from her sheet to find the PDF. We also looked at Old Trail’s version of a “Reading Interest-A-Lyzer ©,” including the data and charts that are created from the students’ responses.
During lunch, we facilitated Newspaper Club and printed the first copy of the edition for students to edit.
In the afternoon, I helped a Kindergarten class check out books and Heather taught me more about SIRSI Dynix. I then started organizing, reviewing, grading, and submitting the 5th grade students’ book trailers.
I also registered for Infopeople’s webinar, The Art of Coding on April 27th, 2017, 12pm Pacific time.
Today's Hours: 7 Total Hours: 53
Hours remaining: 47
My preparation for today included memorizing my tall tale story, "A Close Call in Wildcat Hollow," from Rick Sowash's book Ripsnorting Whoppers!, going to Goodwill and The Village to find a costume, and doing some background reading for Frontier Day. I also considering singing "East to West" and or Calamity Jane’s (1953) “The Windy City,” originally sung by Doris Day. When I arrived at Old Trail, Heather also got out a DVD of Rick Sowash's performances for me to review. I highlighted a copy of the story and re-wrote key events and phrases, and Heather and I looked at her 4th grade storytelling materials. Students in 3rd grade watch a tall tale performance during Frontier Day and then learn and present their own tall tales in 4th grade.
In the morning, Heather also forwarded me an email from the OTS Diversity Team about one of their events, and we had a discussion on diversity programs and the change for it to be integrated into curriculum rather than held once or a few times a year.
We printed new labels for the books being processed, for which we followed the path “Graphics – book plates – Peggy Silver Memorial – print 9 per page.” She uses a font such as Byington or Chaucer. After helping add book plates and correctly “breaking in” new books being opened for the first time, Heather and I headed to Hale Farm for my storytelling event. I asked the students questions about the Ohio counties and the title's vocabulary phrase "close call" before performing, and asked them questions afterward as well.
When we returned, I filmed the 1st graders asking their questions for Will Hillenbrand and began preparing for a Little Readers story time on a new theme about trees.
It was a wonderful day!
Today's Hours: 8 Total Hours: 48
Hours remaining: 54
This morning, we began discussed fundraising events. Heather recommends a Barnes and Noble book fair (v. Scholastic or Troll books); she also recommends partnering with the bookstore for author visits for 10% off but charging full price to offset the cost of the visit, art, etc. For their events, they have a cart of books from teachers’ wish list for them to buy for the classroom and folders with students’ wish lists next to it.
Heather showed me her dress for frontier day (her mother’s); we also looked ahead to May 5, which will include a Mylar demo and the first visit from her summer practicum student. We discussed the difference from the school year to summer work, including less research skill instruction and upper level students but many young camps and storytelling opportunities. She showed me when to publish summer reading requirements and resources online and when to preorder books for teachers and students. Last year, she emailed the directors with the announcement on May 23, 2016 for them to then share on their blogs. It took planning for James Phelan’s visit so his books could be ordered. She shared the electronic order form with me. The Usborne representative is coming May 30 to discuss the summer reading program, and I have many of the resources from last year’s program saved.
Heather told me about an Auction party – her contribution was for a winning student to pick their favorite literary detective for a scavenger hunt: the student chose Sherlock Holmes and they did activities such as having a minute to look at an uncovered tray and then write down what they saw, hidden clues, and other brain puzzles around the school.
In the morning, I also set up a parent account, looked at SIRSI policies, discussed the form to request account history (she has used it 3 times for damaged books and a lost CD) or the way to look for an item and see the last user # to find the person.
She also talked about library changes and donations. She is hoping to get another donor for changes such as a new circulation desk, new carpeting, and new computers. We discussed design tips and furniture ideas.
Heather and I collaboratively conducted book talks to three 4th grade classes and I helped students find and check out books; Heather and I also bought, downloaded The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Nora Raleigh Baskin’s Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story, and one other book from our talk to Kindles and Nooks. I checked out and delivered these to the students who wanted to read a book of which we only had 1-2 print copies. I then changed the MARC record for Kindles and Nooks to add the new titles and authors.
From the classes’ book talks, we had three copies of Kelly Milner Halls’ In Search of Sasquatch but only two checked out, so I found those two students’ names, went to their homeroom and found the third person with a copy; I then checked it out to him and brought it back.
After lunch, I set up copies of picture books on nature topics that the 5th grade students could read aloud to K students, which Vicki facilitated that afternoon. I then went to the Covered Bridge with 1st and 4th graders for a hike to celebrate Earth Day. It was a quick and fun field trip to help with, and the students were quiet (with a few reminders) for the ride there and half of the ride back, especially for the train tracks. The students, teachers, and I enjoyed singing “Boom Chicka Boom” for the remainder of the ride back.
When I got back to the library, I re-shelved the picture books on nature topics from the paired reading experience.
Today's Hours: 7 Total Hours: 39 Hours remaining: 62
Note: on Wednesday, April 19, I watched videos and reviewed photos from last week’s lessons and activities. I sent a thank you email to Heather for sharing photos of students creating questions for Will Hillenbrand and for inviting me to the Google Doc with the updated EasyBib Book Manual Citing Sources worksheet. Earlier this week we also discussed Earth Day plans, book talks, and a parent book club (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6485178.Fredrik_Backman
On Thursday, I opened the library at 7:50, helping a young 4s teacher Nicole find the craft section for a book on paper making while the computers booted up. I began stamping due date cards and sorted and sent in students’ questions to Will Hillenbrand. I observed Heather’s Little Readers group of 5 children (4 girls, one boy; also one baby sibling) with 5 parents, all around 2 years old, as she sang songs and read books about birds. The group ends with blowing bubbles with the help of a fan for them to pop and a trip to the board book area so that they can take some in their book bags; a new student and mom attended so they got a bag with their name on it and took home their first books! I pulled new books for a collaborative book talk with Heather tomorrow. I then unpacked and began sorting and processing a Follett order that came from a Memorial fund; we found genre by searching NoveList.com (https://www.ebscohost.com/novelist/our-products/novelist-k8 K-8 Plus – she uses her public library card to access it rather than pay for it). I made sure the 490 field was added and correct for series and added public notes for the memorial and for series, updating the call numbers and MARC records as needed. She showed me the cataloging and genre binders as well as some volunteer materials (series Google Doc, specific cataloging project resources). After lunch, I began preparing for the book talk and practicing my storytelling for Frontier Day at Hale Farm.
When we unpacked the Follett order, we checked the list and found one extra book mistake and one book without Kapco covering; Heather later copied me on the emails sent and received to correct this!
We also discussed the CultureGrams subscription that was split with Social Studies and then paid for by them when the budget was cut; she recommends as often as possible to see if there is a consortium to pay for things (OhioNet here). Heather organized invoices as she explained her budgets and ordering processes.
At lunch, we discussed advisories [6th, 7th (same gender), 8th, meet for attendance and small-group discussion, current events, core values, service projects, and group building activities, ex: psychologist came to go over 7 markers for diversity, step forward and back activity; also started having off-campus retreat in 7th grade when she started. They watched “I Am Sam" and each advisory has 7 or 8 students.] We also discussed LGBT students' and materials' safety and acceptance, and she told me of a volunteer who once came twice and then stopped coming - at the end of year review with the Head, he told her they unpacked a book like “King and King” and he stood by her decision and library collection, so that family left. Another discussion was on experiential learning, such as a rope activity that involves problem-solving with a ropes and pegs obstacle course.
Today's Hours: 8 Total Hours: 31 Hours remaining: 69
For today, I finished creating the lesson plan for book trailers with the 5th grade classes. I also observed the 3rd grade reviewing the TRAILS assessment. I read Will Hillenbrand’s books and helped one 1st grade class write their questions for him, and Heather had the books and plan to do so with the other class the following week. After this, I took down my Coding display case to make way for the Art Show, which the teachers were preparing to set up over the weekend. At the end of the day, I went downstairs to see the Poetry Coffeehouse that was set up in a 4th grade classroom; students prepared poems and read them aloud, and then parents or siblings were invited up to share.
I wanted to note that during this week, I found the following articles:
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Hours remaining: 77
Today, I began the routine of turning on computers and pulling up browsers. I also turned on the circ computer and opened SirsiDynix Workflows, changed the green and blue cards to have the correct due date stamp, and talked with the morning parent volunteer. When Heather arrived, they talked about her schedule and the spring volunteer tea party that Heather is planning for the end of April. Heather and I discussed the Usborne book order and representative visit in the afternoon, the new Head of School welcome (parent breakfast this morning for her), and Heather’s presentation for the exit meeting she is having with the previous Head (he came 3 years before her, so it had matching photos of their daughters in the library – desktop versus tablet, circulation data, layout changes, etc). We went over the schedule for the day and what she will be teaching. Her daughter’s bike is still missing!
Next, I met with Jenn Milam, the Director of Curriculum. I shared my relevant materials with her via email and later typed up our meeting notes separately. I then came back to co-teach the last half of Heather’s 4th grade classes as they learned about title pages, end pages, copyright data, and citing sources. At 1pm, I joined Heather, Vicki, and the three technology staff members to meet the new Head.
After this meeting, we went over Demco.com (or LibraryStore). I got the *Free 3 of 9 font* and used Kapco material to cover a new book. I made plan for Will Hillenbrand’s Ask10 – we will walk students down to the artwork in the hallway of his, show them where his books are in the library on the shelves (Easy, H), and then read and write questions for him in the Storywell.
Then, we met with the Usborne representative. I had completed the Google Sheet with our list of books on Wednesday night, so I downloaded this and emailed it to her. I noted the bar coding and processing form as Heather filled it out for her -
Barcode label font choice: Arial 11 (serif versus non-serif font)
Note: Heather suggested I make sure to keep track of barcode ranges (they did not when she started or at previous schools).
Cataloging items checked:
Web download, bar code label (attached), spine label only
Data disk: DYNIX
Type of computer: IBM
What data format? 91 USMARC (852)
Barcode - 3 (book) 7904 (location) last digit (random) – if cover, then see # of book
It was a busy, productive day!
Today's Hours: 7 Total Hours: 16
Hours remaining: 84
This morning I arrived to a busy “F for frenetic” day! I learned how to use a Swivl, setting four of them up and taking one outside to test the video quality and how to upload, access, and download the videos. I made a quick demonstration book trailer for Kelly Barnhill’s The girl who drank the moon before the 9:45 class of 5th graders was supposed to come down, but their teacher needed them to continue on other projects. I went to the technology department to return the Swivls until next week and ask about the best video editing software on the 5th grader’s Chromebooks, as they need .mp4 files to submit their book trailers to INFOhio. I observed a 1st grade class as they read The Shelf Elf Helps Out by Jackie Hopkins and the 3rd grade class as Heather finished reading The Secrets of the Rock by Phyllis J Perry and explored duckduckgo.com versus google.com. I also confirmed my meeting with the curriculum director, learned more about and began checking out and cleaning books (they have a dentist do any major “surgery” on books but have a book first aid station for others), and helped students find books when they had time to check out.
Today's Hours: 7 Total Hours: 9 Hours remaining: 91
This is a picture of my Coding display, which included an introductory message from me, a story I wrote in middle school with HTML coding involved called "Pixilated Pup," Lego pieces, books from the library, and a place to submit their ideas, predictions, and stories around coding, including what the next big thing will be! I wanted to tie into literacy with the concept of predictions and the prompt to brainstorm, read, and write. The display will only be up for two weeks before it holds the students' Art Show! With writing competitions for National Poetry Month and April being a month of rain showers, it seemed fitting. I also think coding, reading, and writing are all wonderful rainy (but really *any*) day activities.
Today, after arriving early and taking some pictures while appreciating the natural morning light, Heather and I turned the library computers on, greeted the parent volunteers, went to the school assembly, and finished a tour of the second half of the school. The assembly had a quartet performance preparing for Solo and Ensemble competitions this Saturday, and a previous faculty member who now works in Michigan discussed NepalOrphanHome, an organization for which students raised over $4,000. An 8th grade language arts teacher who runs Expressions, a group that publishes a yearly journal, introduced the competition for April’s National Poetry Month. One of my favorite stops on the tour was the room with a letter press machine, which I later used. I also observed a classroom with station recording on a SmartBoard where students drag their symbol (lifelong and attached to them to help before they can read) to their activity. Then, I was able to observe Vicki’s 10am class. She sang participatory songs about rain while they looked out the window (“pizza” and “jelly beans” - what a rain that would be!), then read two picture books. The final song was “Nicky Nacky Noo” http://www.funnysongsforkids.com/childrens-classics/my-hand-on-my-head-nicky-nacky-nocky-noo. She told them she would see them Wednesday and the letter would be “U” so they guessed umbrella as the theme – more rain books! I signed up for the InfOhio listserv at Heather’s suggestion and I also emailed the curriculum director to set up a meeting. We looked at the Usborne Bookstore catalog and I made a Coding display case for the next two weeks. I also participated in a library class for 2nd graders on information literacy, as they searched YP.com and the school directory to find names and phone numbers of party elements and guests to plan an event! One girl did not know what town she lived in, and others needed help spelling words as they searched. Most needed help distinguishing ads from reviewed businesses and help finding where the phone number was located. It was fun to see them think about what kind of cake, pizza, activities, and friends they would like to have! It was a wonderful first day back to school after break, and I am excited for future days!
Today's Hours: 2 Total Hours: 2 Hours remaining: 98
This Monday after spring break, I started my morning early with coffee and set up this website and blog! Here is my reflection from my first practicum day, which I set up for before break.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
I pulled into the parking lot at 8:40am and was able to get a tour of the library space by Vicki Marty, who is a storyteller and library assistant, while the all-school assembly that Heather Swift attends finished. Vicki explained the rotation of classes, read-alouds, and other events by age or grade level, explained the classification system – especially highlighting the Holiday book section and the Young Adults section – and showed me unique features of the library such as the beautiful Story Well, colorful flag labels on the spines of fairy tales, and full subject names on the spines of biographies. She explained her recent weeding projects and other work and explained that the 800s, especially Poetry, needed to be completed next.
When Heather returned to the library after the assembly, she showed me the sample library card kept in the Library Policies binder and the student self-checkout system; we also observed two boys use the system, although one needed her help as he had magazines checked out that needed to be returned first. Another student came in to get a paper from the library printer and she showed me the drivers on the computer of which classrooms and spaces in the school have printers. There were two parent volunteers working in the library and one helped check in books as well. We looked at the large room adjacent to the library, which had a movable SmartBoard and two study rooms for students to use. We heard Vicki singing as part of a program in the library and I was able to peek into the book nook to see a read-aloud of hers, as well. After the tour of the library and meeting space, Heather and I went to her office. There, we created a Google Doc spreadsheet to calculate and keep track of my schedule and hours and brainstormed ideas of projects. She then took me on a tour of the building and I was able to see students working on clay projects after a trip to D.C. and filming a how-to video on soldering. I also met a math teacher making copies in the lounge and a science teacher planning in his room, and we passed a history teacher comforting a crying student in a hallway and at her request walked through the room to check on the students, who were all working well in pairs on a comparative religions project.
I asked about Heather's trip the prior week with 7th graders to the Smoky Mountains for Tremont Environmental Education center, and we also discussed author visit history, planning practices, and projections; her curricula guides, copies, and educational resources; and the saved display materials from previous or rotational designs. Heather taught a class of 1st graders at 11am, so we solidified my next day and I left. The birds were still singing out, and later that day I went to get 2017 Newbery winner The girl who drank the moon (Barnhill, Algonquin Young Readers, 2016) to read before my next visit.