This blog is:
- A place to document my transition to the middle school and high school library media centers.
- A place to reflect on my teaching practice and professional learning.
- A place to share ideas for my new colleagues and my former colleagues (hard to take the elementary school out of this librarian, especially having my own young child at home).
- And let's be honest, a place to reference when evaluation time rolls around.
A little background
I have spent the past 18 years as an elementary school library media specialist. It was a job I knew I wanted to do since I was in elementary school myself (a million years ago when the school library program was solely books and the Dewey Decimal system).
I have loved (almost) every minute and could keep doing this job for another 20 years. I love that I never feel stagnant. There are always new books, new programs, new technology, new lessons, new ideas. Being a library media specialist feeds my love of learning and my love of teaching.
However, this school year I was presented with an opportunity to move to the secondary level in my district. It is bittersweet.
- Due to state budget cuts, our district eliminated a library media specialist position.
- I am saddened that the program that I worked so hard to build will be changing and younger students will not have access to a certified library media specialist on a regular basis.
- I will be leaving a group of amazing teachers that I can truly say are family.
- I will be working with my former students and helping them in their educational journey.
- I will not be teaching 30 classes a week.
- I get to enter a whole new world of learning.
- YA literature!!!
Change is good.
I am focusing on the sweet and am very excited about the school year ahead.