By: Abby Moynahan firstname.lastname@example.org
As July comes to a close, and AugustÂ quickly approaches, I find myself mentally preparing for the year to come. I realize there are still a few weeks left of summer vacation but let’s face it, time goes by fast this time of year. I can’t help but think about how the year is going to hold extra challenges but also how excited I am to get back to what I love to do.
Although I have enjoyed every moment of my summer vacation (from gardening to welcoming a new baby nephew into the world) I am ready to get back into the swing of things.
I have been so focused on our new enrichment program that thoughts about both of my library programs have been pushed aside. I am feeling that our enrichment program is coming together nicely and I can now begin to think about how to expand my library program and make it stronger.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that my school gets new laptops. If so, then I will be able to have computer access in my library! The thought of this gets me incredibly eager for the coming year. If I am lucky enough to have computers in the library there are many projects I will be doing with my students. Here are just some of my goals:
*Sixth graders will create current event podcasts supporting classroom curriculum
*Fifth graders will create “Did You Know?” podcasts about the library including interesting facts about authors and favorite books
*Fourth graders will post book reviews on the OPAC and practice using Photo Story and Movie Maker
*Third graders will use Google Suite
*Second graders will make a short video about how to use the library
Some might say these are lofty goals for a library media center that is lacking in the media department. I say it can happen! The students love coming to the library and are always looking for the next challenge. My students will need to work very hard to accomplish these goals because of all of the other challenges we face in a school day. However, if I introduce them to the many projects they are capable of accomplishing I feel that it will keep them focused and energized about this type of literacy.
As I write ideas continue to flow! I look forward to having another year under my belt as a library media specialist. I feel like it just keeps getting better despite the challenges I am faced with on a daily basis. I hope the students are getting as excited as I am about the new year (talk about lofty!).
Thank you Desk Set for letting my voice be heard!