(school) year-end check-in

A half a year ago (is it June already?), I made some resolutions. Now that the school year has officially ended, I figured it’s as good a time as any to report on them:

1. Take more photographs
More photos have been taken, but students were hesitant to grab our community camera without prompting. In the fall, I hope to introduce our library’s camera alongside the rest of our routines. Hopefully this will make the children feel more comfortable picking it up and snapping something they think is worth recording.

2. Bring in the experts
I feel good about this one, as our library hosted student guests, authors, illustrators, and more in the second half of the year. We had visitors come and speak with our second grade about their immigration experiences. Author and artist LeUyen Pham spoke to every student in our division. We collaborated with the Middle School to bring in Matthew Baker for both our 3rd and 5th graders. I even got to prank students with help from Mac Barnett & Jory John! In my opinion, these types of visitors demonstrate to students that learning happens all of the time, both formally and informally. And it’s fun!

3. Get out of the library more
The library collaborated with almost every grade level during their various research processes this year. I am proud of my students and I learn so much by working with their teachers. People are surprised to enter the library and find it empty at times, but the community is starting to understand that libraries connect patrons with information and skills. Similarly, we’ve been able to share our screencast demos with community members and they’ve worked wonders for helping answer questions over weekends and at other times when we aren’t together physically.

4. Less fluff, more professional learning
This was by far the hardest of the resolutions to keep. I haven’t been perfect, but I have been more mindful about spending time productively. There have been several occasions this spring where I’ve opted to read a longer book or work on other personal research or writing instead of posting online, exploring Twitter, or even reflecting here on this blog. With this (as with anything), balance is key.

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