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.