2016 – 2017 School Year! Weeks 12 – 13!

It’s Thanksgiving break! How’d THAT happen? Since it’s the holiday to share everything you are thankful for…let me start with that. I am thankful that I get to work part time so that I can spend time with my little one. I am thankful that I get to work part time so that I can spend time with my students and continue to do what I love professionally. I am thankful for my people – we have an excellent nanny. I have fantastic support at my school with another part time librarian who is there when I am not and an absolutely outstanding library media assistant, who fills in the gaps for both of us. I have great mommy friends and librarian friends. I am thankful to my husband because he works hard full time so that I can work part time and for all of the love he gives to our little girl. I’m thankful for my dad and my in-laws and I’m thankful to my mom, even though she isn’t here anymore. I’m just a big ball of sappy THANKS. I’m a pretty lucky girl.

Here’s what’s been going on in my library –

We just wrapped up another year of inventor research with 5th grade. They created a Facetalk video about their inventor. This year, we uploaded the videos to Padlet so that they would all be in one spot for sharing. This made it easy to get their videos off of the iPads, but due to some Padlet issue, teachers could not just press play and watch the video, unfortunately. They had to download before they could play them, so that was a bummer. I still feel like it was easier than what we’ve done in the past (which has been to have the kids sign in to Google, upload, sign out…sometimes we’ve had them scan a QR Dropbox…but, sometimes that didn’t work…we’ve done all kinds of things). We are not one-to-one, which complicates things a little bit. You can checkout one of the Padlets with videos here.

I’ve started a Mock Caldecott lesson with my 2nd graders. We are reading 20 books that have Caldecott “buzz” and we are going to try to predict the winner. So far, I’ve done an introduction lesson with each class. I went over the Caldecott Medal and talked about how it is selected each year. Then I said we were going to see if we could predict the winner by reading and rating books and then watching the announcement in January. I’m excited! We are using this list and at some point, we are going to chat with friends from other schools who are also reading the same books. We are playing with FlipGrid to do that. We’ll see how it goes!

In my MakerSpace, I had planned for finger knitting. I have gotten NO customers yet this school year though…so, I need to revisit my plan for this year. Next month, we are doing Spheros, so I think there will be more interest, however, I think the time of day is bad for folks? I work in the afternoons this year, so I moved MakerSpace Moments to 1:30pm (for the past couple of years, MSM has been in the morning right before the day really gets started…our tardy bell rings at 7:40am and the first classes go to Related Arts at 8am…I had it 7:30am – 8am and had lots of customers). I thought the 1:30pm time would be a GREAT time because no one has Related Arts, everyone is done with lunch, etc. But, it clearly is NOT a good time (or, are they just over MakerSpace?)…stay tuned…sometimes you just know something isn’t working and you have to revise. It’s time to revise!

What’s going on in YOUR library?




About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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