Aug. 7th, 2007 12:10 pm
mangofandango: (_jems_ - amelie reading)
I spent a while the morning writing a little treatise for the parent handbook about young adult materials, and what YA really means. It's meant to solve a few problems we've been having with younger and younger kids pushing the YA envelope, and also to make sure parents understand that YA is not just a reading level thing...while encouraging them not to panic about content and respect YA as Real Literature. If you're one of those people who geek out on this sort of thing and feel like proofreading or whatever (Ally? :)) I will pastey pastey:

Yay for YA )

Today I go move shelves around and try to make better use of my space in the library, and pick up a purchase order so I can go spend tons of money at Borders tomorrow for the kiddies. SO MUCH FUN. :)
mangofandango: (zoicite - wes click your heels)
I need ideas. You people are good with ideas. So!

Old Librarian is very involved with Heifer International, and every year she did "Read to Feed" with the kids. The basic idea is that kids read a lot and families give money to Heifer through the library. The kids also made quilt squares and pins, on an animal theme, and sold them to raise money. Last year they bought an ark!

Here's the sitch: I'm taking over this whole operation, having never done it before. I want to make it my own, and do it differently, while still honoring Old Librarian's rather large legacy in this respect. I intend to keep it a lot smaller-scale this year, so I can just get a feel for how it works and everything while concentrating on teaching. I also don't want to push the community too much financially, because they've already given a lot of money to school-related stuff this year (much more than usual because of local events). But I'd like to do something special with it, and I have a group of maybe 10-12 7th graders who would be doing it with me as an elective.

I need a project the 7th graders can either do themselves or organize for other kids to do. I will, of course, be helping, organizing, supervising, all that good stuff - I just want them to feel a sense of ownership for the project. It can be anything as long as it can raise some Heifer money and doesn't require a Ginormous investment of time and money. If it's farm animal themed in some way, that's a plus. Thoughts? READY, GO!
mangofandango: (killprettyx - fred w/ book)
So, Bob asked, and upon her asking I realized that a lot of people don't know what I teach as a school librarian. I don't know that school librarians have always had a major teaching role, but now that's a very strongly emphasized part of our education and our jobs. So I will paste my comment to her here, that you all may read it and know what the heck I'm talking about when I say I'm teaching. Cool? :)

My "teaching" in the very beginning will mostly be introducing things (myself, the library, the new organization I've done) and reading books to the kids. Once I get my feet wet, I'll start on INFORMATION SEEKING SKILLS, like the "neighborhoods" of a library, the difference between fiction and non-fiction, how to research (finding sources in various materials, extracting information from a source, evaluating a source, citing a source, etc.), and other stuff as it supports the classroom teacher's curriculum. That means that if, for example, the 2nd grade is learning about deserts, I could read a book to them that's about deserts or got some desert creature in it or whatever, highlight materials on deserts through displays and other fun stuff, and things like that. Sometimes, I'll also team-teach with a classroom teacher when their class is doing research of some kind and they need librarian support.

So that, in a nutshell, is what I get to teach. In among the reading fun books and stuff like that. :)

And now I am off to finish getting ready and go take on the 6th grade. Whoo hoo!
mangofandango: (librarian)
I had my first site visit today, to a middle school. I got there at 8 (oh man I so have to adjust my sleep schedule before next semester!), and stayed until 11. During that time I talked to the librarian, observed three 6th-grade classes, and got to wander around the room and help some of them with their research. They were each researching an animal that lives in or around Narragansett Bay, and the most popular animal was the harbor seal. :) The kids looked really young to me, given that the last time I was in school and around huge groups of children, I was a 4th grader and the 6th grade kids looked so OLD to me. :) But they were all shorter than me, and all young-looking. I helped them use the encyclopedias, and answered their questions about taking notes and understanding what they were reading.

I liked the middle schoolers. As their librarian put it, they're old enough that they are starting to understand what they're doing, but they still need some help and they still think of adults as human beings. They combine some of the things I like about little kids and some of the things I like about older kids. So. Maybe I should observe at a second middle school, because I think I might want to do half of my practicum at one.

Tomorrow, I visit an elementary school at 8:30 in the morning. Whee!


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