Juggling it all?

September 29, 2008

I have always believed that an effective media specialist’s job is never complete at the end of the school day. Case in point… The day begins listening to voice mails and reading numerous emails (cries for help – troubleshooting technology needs, VCR/DVD problems and yes, even video editing).  Once the media team meets at 7:00 a.m. we divide and conquer the priorities that have to be addressed so our teachers can serve our students effectively.  In many cases, we have to troubleshoot after the students are out of the building.  I am just lucky that are team is always about serving others or I don’t know how the teachers would be able to accomplish all they need to get done.  We have each become amazing jugglers and have even giggled about our going “on the road” with our act.

The juggling of teaching classes, checking out resources, video-conferencing and planning for upcoming events, (book-fairs, Battle of the Books competition, literary pumpkin festival, kindergarten Pow-Wow, 1st grade pajama sleepover, author/illustrator visits, cultural arts festival and so much more) makes every day different and exciting. I am so lucky to be living my dream.

Can you believe that this is a pumpkin?

We truly believe that we are the one stop shop for our beloved school.

Love, The Book Fairy


Book Fair

September 17, 2008

Well, the Scholastic Book Fair is in full swing this week! The kids have been coming in and buying up books like the voracious readers that they are. It’s been a little wild, but we wouldn’t have it any other way here in the media center.

Be sure to come in tomorrow, Thursday, September 18th from 6:00-8:30 pm for our Book Fair family night.

3rd grade teacher?

September 12, 2008

So many times as a media specialist, I have reflected about my effectiveness as I create little Information Specialists. Today, I had a great experience as I started the day by introducing the OPAC lesson — or should I say review — of Duval called Destiny. The students were listening intently when one student, Alex, raised his hand and asked me if I wanted him to finish the lesson. Of course, I humbly sat down and said, “why of course, I would love for you to share with the class how to search for a book”. He began by saying, “I remember every word that Ms. KK taught me. Let’s begin.”

He walked up to the laptop attached to the projector and moved the curser to the address bar and typed….destiny.duvalschools.org. The rest was history as he gently guided his fellow students through a perfect book search. Can it get any better than this?

Artist Spotlight

September 9, 2008

Here’s another 1st grade artist-to-be. I’m telling you, these first graders have been blowing me away! Today Mrs. KK read the students one of our school’s favorite books, The Library Dragon, and afterwards I taught them how to draw their own library dragon. A lot of them really wowed me, but this one from Piper was just too great not to feature as the current artist spotlight.

Super Artists

September 4, 2008

Today was a special day in the media center. We offered the students not only the opportunity to reap the creative benefits of their brain, but also the financial. The Florida Department of Education is holding a competition to get kids thinking about the super benefits of eating a healthy breakfast. It’s a poster design competition where students, grades K-12, are encouraged to create a superhero demonstrating what it is that makes breakfast the most important meal of the day. K-3rd grade winners receive a $50 Toys R’ Us giftcard. 4th and 5th grade winners can get a $75 Best Buy giftcard. Whoa!

We had to work double-time today, as the Science resource was canceled. But rather than letting the kids down and robbing them of their resource experience today, we on the media team mustered our own super-heroic abilities and took on a double load of students. It was intense at times, but overall they did a great job and came up with some pretty impressive entries.