We enjoy seeing book spine poems other libraries have done to celebrate special events like National Poetry Month. Mrs. Lukkarinen had a great idea to complete a book spine poetry activity with some of our students. After collaborating with Mrs. Troupe-Clear and Mr. Wilkinson, we are planning a day when we can work with their students on book spine poetry. The teachers are excited to participate since they are currently studying poetry in their classes. We can’t wait to share the finished products! Here are a few that Mrs. Lukk and I created while preparing our lesson materials.
Wow…December came and went before we had a chance to blink. While that is always the case this time of the year, we were especially busy this year! We are not complaining, though, as we had one of the most successful months in the media center ever. How does one measure success in a media center you may be wondering? Well, of course there are many ways – a high number of student visits (we had 2993 in just 15 school days…a record number for us), a high number of circulated books (not too bad, but no records this month), and special events hosted (Hour of Code comes to mind). These are all great ways to measure success, but the one we celebrate the most is the number of lessons taught, as this is one way that we can directly impact student achievement in our school. It also happens to be our very favorite part of the job!
This month, Mrs. Lukkarinen and I taught at least one class of students every day of the month. Most days, we each had a separate class and lesson for three blocks of the day. After reviewing our statistics at the end of the month, we were astonished to find that we taught 40 lessons in December. We want to give a shout out to the following teachers that stepped outside of their comfort zone and tried something new with us last month. You are awesome Mrs. Eastlake, Mrs. Reese, Mr. Richards, and Coach Miller! Thank you for allowing us to collaborate with you throughout your project, and we can’t wait to do it again (only better) this semester.
We returned from Thanksgiving break yesterday, and we have been busy ever since. With the end of the first semester quickly approaching, we have been busy working with classes on research projects and activities. Today we worked with Mr. Ondriezek’s U.S. history classes on presidential research. With two more teachers scheduled for media collaboration this week, November is looking as busy as October was in the media center. We can’t wait to see what next semester will be like.