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:
Today's Hours: 7 Total Hours: 23
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.