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.