About to start our second week of school, and after the first 3 days of teacher planning week I’d just like to make a quick shout-out to some people who make a librarian’s heart very happy!
- The new teacher, overloaded with moving continents with a family who came into the library and borrowed 4 books to be reading what her students are reading
- The teachers who took it on blind faith and my raving that the Global Readaloud is something they should “sacrifice” class time for and agreed to participate for the first time this year.
- The outdoor teacher who came to me to discuss what books and short stories we had that would be suitable to take on camp for reading aloud
- My staff who worked like trojans to get the library looking wonderful for the start of the year – including cataloging piles of books that arrived during the summer “because the students would like to see something new”
- The HOD who spoke up during a meeting to support the idea of reading aloud for at least 10 minutes before the start of all and any lessons (including the ones where teachers said “even in my (XXX) subject?”
- People like Buffy Hamilton and Pernille Ripp who blog continuously and consistently about making reading and writing work in the Middle / High School classroom. Including admitting with humility when things don’t work.
- People on twitter who engage in conversations about why students post-primary have stopped reading and how to re-ignite the passion for reading.
- Departments and teams who think it’s not only necessary but normal to include the librarian in planning units.
- Fellow librarians who are keeping in touch over long distances to brain storm how we’re going to make this a great year of engagement for our students and fellow faculty.
Happy Monday morning everyone – hope you all have a great week and a great year of sharing and reading.