I knew it would happen, you knew it would happen…I went a day without posting the tip. It will probably happen again. At least until this becomes habit.
Tip 3. Prefer Action over Study
When I read this tip, I thought of my school district. We meet to discuss data and to have “grand conversations” about how to teach our students. We talk and talk and talk and learn and learn and learn but rarely do we have time to go back and put these things we learn into ACTION. As a profession, librarians do a lot of talk and not a lot of action. I have been thinking about this alot with my district and our group. We have a lot of ideas on how things should be (book rooms, classroom collections, schedules, technologies, etc.). Our ideas are good and they are valid, however, we do not ACT on them often enough. How do you change from talk to action?
Tip 4. Build and Rebuild
“Brainstorm, mock up, build, alpha, rebuild, beta, pilot, test, launch, evaluate, redo.”
I love this. This is how we should think about our library media programs. The tip states that you should not ever skip a step, however, I know in my school library I often “brainstorm, build, launch, evaluate, redo.” I am skipping lots of steps at first. I think as I do something and evaluate it, I add more of the steps each time. Every year, things are different. You figure out easier ways of doing things. You figure out what works for certain grade levels and what doesn’t. You learn not to take on so much that will cause YOU to spend too much time on one thing. It isn’t fun anymore when something starts to consume you too, too much.
In other news, not so professional, it is my birthday.