This past week was really Week 2 for me…teachers went back August 12. That week was spent in meetings (school based and district based). I am SO LUCKY to have a full time assistant, because while I was in my meetings, she was able to make all of my OCD thoughts from the summer (displays, signage, etc.) come to life. She’s great. I will post a photo tour of my library soon.
On August 19, our students came back and it was really as though we never left. It was a hard, LONG first week – we started on a Monday and that’s the first time I’ve EVER done that. Everyone looked so sleepy by Friday and I’m sure they are sleeping well this weekend!
During the first week of school with students, I saw my Kindergarten and 5th grade Media Technology fixed classes. Our Technology Integration Specialist and I also met with much of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes to review how to take care of and save things to the classroom iPads. Kindergarten students got an introduction to me and the other folks they might see in the Learning Commons. We also read Wild About Books. 5th graders worked with a number of software programs in the two days we were together. We used Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Wordle, and Tagexdo to create “about me” word clouds. They had to crop, copy, and paste. Lots of little technology skills were built into the lesson and I am always surprised by how much review they need.
I also saw lots of kids who participated in summer reading programs at the public library. If they came to school with their medal or a reading log, they got one of these bookmarks (smells like suntan lotion…for SUMMER reading? 😉 ). You might remember over the summer, I encouraged my teacher and librarian friends to participate in #summerthrowdown. I mailed those prizes this week.
The Learning Commons was the host of many meetings throughout the week – Sip & Sob for Kindergarten parents on the first day of school, faculty meeting, Volunteer Orientation, and Substitute Training.
I sent out our August/September newsletter. So much good stuff happening!
Next week, we will start library book checkout and EVERYONE will come in! We also have more iPad classes on the schedule AND I hope to meet with all grade levels to say, “hi.”
How was YOUR first week back?