Couldn’t decide on one topic for this post and I need to tidy up several things, so have decided to lump them altogether in a semi-reflective post.
First I must thank my PLN members. Doug Johnson, Karen LIndsay, Tara Ethridge, and Paul Welsh. Actually Paul didn’t really volunteer to be part of my PLN, but since I have been up in his office once a week wearing my perplexed look and he helps me, I am counting him. Doug gave me some good feedback early in the process and a peptalk midway through. He added several comments on the rubric which I appreciated. Karen Lindsay, now in Istanbul, weighed in on wording and reminded me of a couple of goals we had written last year. Tara helped by listening to my whining early on. She is so busy with a new class this year that I felt bad asking her to do much more. I communicated with them via emails, which I have skillfully deleted. Managed to keep useless ones and toss the necessary. (Necessary ones include that tax info I managed to delete last week.)
The final project, SO close to being done, is confusing me. I remember posting lesson plans earlier but can’t seem to get it to work now. Broke down today and asked Jeff where the video is that explains it. I have accomplished staying in a fog for most of this course. Have read far fewer blogs than I should have and have commented on even fewer. The loss of equipment and space has thrown me. Originally thought I was coping very well. In hindsight I am still leaping from stone to stone trying to avoid falling into the lake.
Flexibility. If I never need that word again, I will be happy. Since Sept. 14 (arson and theft), flexibility has been a way of life. Pushing for a space to put the elementary library while working in a corner of the secondary library was the start. Hauling our few books from room to room on a borrowed cart was the routine. Then the staff and I pushed our way into what was a large hall connecting 2 buildings, which the seniors were calling home. We scrounged bookshelves and borrowed carpets. (Picture trips to the Goodwill.) Many generous people around the world donated money so I could start ordering more materials. By February we had 3,000 books. In March another order came in. Up to 5,000 books. That and brand new shelves arrived. (Take 5,000 books off the shelves and sit them on the floor. Move old shelves out and new ones in. Put 5,000 books on new shelves. In one day.)
In between, one of the kindergarten classes got flooded out. They moved into our library space and we went back to the cart system until another room could be readied. Tomorrow the other kindergarten class moves in until their new room is set up. 3 days on the carts again.
The biggest challenge for me as been to keep a pleasant face to the students and most of the time to the staff. Not their fault we were burned out or squished into a small space. The reward? This week a parent, who comes in almost daily after school with his children, stopped by to see the new shelves. He stayed for about 10 minutes talking about how the library has become a cozy, welcoming place. His children look forward to coming in daily. He thanked all of us for our hard work. He is a board member. Then today, a third grader brought his folks in. We are in the midst of student led conferences. He was telling his parents all about the library and how everyone looks forward to seeing what is next and that the librarians make it a cool place.
OK, I guess I can be flexible a bit longer. Now if I can flex that lesson plan into place I will be happy.