Thursday, July 30, 2020

Digital Organization

Mind helping me think something through? Who uses like a digital agenda with learning targets and maybe timers projected up on the board for different things.

If I leave it til school is actually in f2f session it won't get done so I wanted to get a head start.
The learning targets ... I'm not going to pretend I did all the work of double checking everything against CC standards or in my case TEKS. The video shows the entire thing so far and the screen capture shows the targets I have.
When it's done it will be Google Slides. The pictures won't move but the targets will be drag and drop and/or you can pull in a timer from YouTube.

school library student learning targets

It's to update this because honestly that one I haven't changed since I posted it like two and a half years ago. I only ever started putting stuff there because it helped recoup some of what I spent. Deciding on whether to keep that up, too. I don't know how some of y'all do it running super awesome programs and blogging and IGing and sort of semi side business self promoting. It's overwhelmed me the last couple years and I don't even have kids. There will be a lot of revamping, though, for distance learning. We know we are doing that for the first three weeks and that is all we know. Hence my organizational binge (just wait, more pictures to come) trying to control what I can. Hello dumb ol' anxiety. Hope you are feeling as calm and ready as you can be! Let me know if you have any ideas/suggestions?

screenshot of old hard copy agenda visuals

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

When It's Been So Long Since You Last Blogged You Forgot How to Create a New Post

*taps on mic to Internet* "Is this thing on?"

So. I started this blog when I came back from the BYU Books for Young Readers symposium TEN YEARS AGO. And funny that this is the first year I've been able to experience it again. They went virtual because, well ... you know.

If you're on IG you've seen these. So far it's been SO FUN. Kate DiCamillo's keynote was awesome and so was Guy Francis'. Then they also have posted booktalks and a little tour of the Provo Library's Attic gallery space.

photo of webcast illustration

Tomorrow they will release Candace Fleming's presentation.
You can see the schedule here at this link. It's not free but it's SO worth it. And you'll hear about the books in the booktalks because I am looking for them! They mentioned some new ones I didn't know! Had a couple years there with no budget. Y'all that have dealt with that for a long time ... power to you. It's hard.

When they can meet in real life it's in Provo, UT. This is yet another reason I know I'm old cause this was run down and abandoned when I was in college in the area. I remember my humanities class offered a guided tour at the time and they talked about Philo Farnsworth testing there. That was back when it was the BY Academy and even more years ago than my college residency!
They obviously put in a lot of restoration effort. The pic will take you to their website.

screen grab of Provo City Library webpage

So. Last year I spent a lot of time sick. Like ... a lot. Coughing and coughing and coughing and fever and pneumonia. And that was before the world went crazy and we had ever heard of this novel virus. Here's hoping to more interesting and worthy of posting content in the year ahead. Will probably still be more on IG but I'll be here, too. Reflection is good for the craft, right?

We're starting our year with 3 weeks of remote instruction. They finally finished off the walls over spring break so going back next week will really be the first time (I popped in a couple times over the spring quarantine but never spent more than an hour or two) I've been there. It's ironic that we have less ventilation NOW (no windows, center of the school, and the HVAC leaked for years) but you know. Whatever. The construction on my commute has made a lot of progress. Still a long drive but not quite as slow.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Lovely Emails on Friday the 13th

So how was your Friday the 13th? Crazy or calm? I had to borrow the nurse's office for a nebulizer treatment since I don't have an office and I didn't want kiddos walking in wondering what on earth Ms. O was doing. DUMB ALLERGIES. Before the last year or two I wouldn't have known what I was doing. Anyway.

I hope ... internet, if you have never received an email like this, know that I see you. I hear you. It has been quite some time since anything like this was ever heard on my campus. That's why I had to share it. It might take a while. A good, loooooooooooooooooooong while. But eventually it comes.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Be You

Rant ahead.
I'm getting a little ... over the "girls don't like Star Wars" "kids don't like Star Wars" thing. Had several interactions the past week and I really am OVER IT.

1) Many of them DO in fact like Star Wars.

2) You know what? They don't have to. That's not really why I have some signs and I share things in the library. It's because it's part of me and the kids see that and they appreciate THAT, even if they don't happen to love Star Wars and prefer My Little Pony or Five Nights at Freddys. They connect that their teacher librarian has a passion and they know what it is. They draw me pictures and tell me about when they watched the movies with their families.

Take down the Rey that is in the window (specifically BECAUSE people stand right there and hold loud discussions and the walls don't go all the way up to the ceiling and we can hear every word so yes. She is looking at you). Don't have a cutesy Yoda doodle they color after finishing tasks on a Read You Must promo. Argh.

They also know I love Harry Potter. And Mo Willems. And them.

Rant over.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

#IMWAYR On Tuesday Some of my Summer Reads

It's (almost) Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now… who knows, you might discover that next “must read” book!
Our Kid Lit to YA version is hosted by Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers.

It has been a long time since I got around to participating in It's Monday What Are You Reading.

partial Goodreads list
partial Goodreads list

That's some of them from this summer. It almost feels cheesy to have enjoyed Atomic Habits so much (FICTION FOREVER!!!!) but it was so good. 132 Kindle highlights gives you an idea.

Winterhouse #1 has some issues but ... I still really want to know what happens next so I need to find book 2.

Archimancy is brand new I feel kind of the same ... it has a few, to steal a phrase from the Deck the Hallmark podcast WAIT WHATS but still, on the whole, I REALLY want to know what happens next. I got to read an early copy from Netgalley or Edelweiss. One of the two. So it will be a while before the next one is done. The Thickety was super fun. Archimancy I think could be read by younger kiddos than The Thickety.

Any time there is a Bruce book I am there! I sent the new board book to my nephew but he lives far away so I haven't seen it. :(

We Are the Gardners is lovely ... but do kids like it?

You can see more specifics on other titles on Goodreads. Hopefully I am back in the saddle. Seriously, I started blogging forever ago and that was what it was for. To document my books!

Tomorrow I go back on contract. Kids don't go back to school until the 19th but we go tomorrow. So my two focuses will be the audio that FINALLY came back in (it ran out last time before I finished it!)

Aru Shah book cover
and this one. Yes. Inspired by Shark Week.
Left for Dead book cover

#ditchsummit #wearecue The Rest of It!

None of my notes are as good as hearing the speakers. No pretty sketchnotes here. Really, next time, sign up for the #DITCHSUMMIT!!!!! The teacher wellness topic was really helpful. It IS for kids because if the teacher is at their best they can do more for the kids.

Digital Detoxing with Merve Lapus
I like that he framed it more in a keep this time sacred. Cause this is something I've totally struggled with (taking it AWAY) and framing it as keeping time safe (with people I love and time to myself and keeping my brain quiet!) and protected just feels better. Professional development on our time definitely happens. Going to the gym? Not so much. Need to get that back. I definitely go to sleep before 1AM, though. I can't function AT ALL on that little sleep.

Crystal Chavez
It's really interesting ... she talks about a time when she had a very supportive team at her school. I miss that. Sometimes being the only one ... I dunno. We have to be mindful, teacher librarians, and make the effort to reach out. As an introvert when things start going sideways at school I draw in and that doesn't solve anything. Good thing I've always had my family.

She also talked about attaching habits together to get them going (or, if you've read Atomic Habits ... HABIT STACKING).

Dan Tricarico
I've got his book Sanctuaries. I still need to finish it (I am very slow with books I actually buy, how weird is that, even when it's really GOOD! No due date so no pressure). He also just started a podcast and it's worth a listen. Give yourself permission to take a couple moments for you. He's also worth a follow on Instagram. Intentionality and breathe through the impulse to grab your phone. Silence and stillness. Space. Subtraction (create MARGINS). Slowing down.

Kim Strobel
Boy Howdy ... this one spoke to me. Don't want to be all grumpy but the last couple years have been ... well, grumpy at school. Less than the fun it used to be. I missed getting to see her at the Google thing this past spring (more school grumpiness ... they were lame about my registration!) so this hour was helpful. Forty percent within our control. I've heard that before. That I can't let what other people might think affect me (you'll never please everyone, right?). So it's just something I'm still working on. Being solid in my own practices and doing my best for the kids with what I CAN do ... and letting the rest go. Embracing a practice of gratitude is super important.

Tanya Avrith
Personal and teacher branding ... due to our district survey last spring ... at least I am faking it better for the kids than I might be for the adults in the room. THEY had nice things to say, as often as I might slip in other places and seem grumpy in front of you all. It's a balance between being grumpy/negative and being honest/real. They aren't the same thing. I just try to figure things out here. Matt Miller talked about a book (if he mentioned the title I missed it) about the astronauts and disconnecting the thoughts of failure in your head and that totally reminded me of Angela Watson's podcast this week. TELL THE RIGHT STORY. I struggle with that. For the love. I'd forgotten about a super rudeness but then saw an IG post and remembered and now it's fresh all over. Better to forget. And GO BEYOND THE LIKE and make real connections. That is super cool. I have really DMed / emailed several people from here and IG and that is fun! I mean, real life is still the best way but Internet Friends, you are cool, too! If you are actually reading this you know a fair bit about me.

Matt Miller also talked about the book Digital Minimalism which I actually have on my Kindle but haven't read yet. It's ON THE LIST!

Adam Welcome
So I liked his presentation more than I liked his book Run Like a Pirate ... it rubbed me a little bit the wrong way just because of some health issues but that is a personal reader problem, for you it might be just the ticket to get you out the door and on the road!!!! And I did really enjoy Kids Deserve It. Eliminate and streamline. What is the MOST important. Empower everyone.

Only one Spark image. Oh well. Happier with this one than the others. So picky. :P

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

#ditchsummit #wearecue Days Two and Three

So I went back and caught Roni Habib's video and it was great. So needed. Again, I can't really give you the lowdown, I am not eloquent and I'm out of the blogging habit. You need to watch it! (I think you can still sign up? Not sure. Google Ditch Summit 2019 and check. Burned In Teacher said on her stories that she had checked and it was a yes). The main thing is what people need? A safe place to land. Sharing mindfulness doesn't take away from classroom instruction time because the kids (and staff) are actually THERE. Distracted and disconnected? A huge reason why the last years have not felt as awesome as the years previous. For me, anyway. Just trying to figure it out.

(For as much time as I spend looking at images and skimming how tos ... and A. Spark making it easy tech wise ... I can't say I love any of them that I've created. Must work on the spark of creativity and design, I suppose! :P)

S'more notes.

Dr. Sheldon Eakins works in all sorts of ways for equity digitally and on a tribal school outside of Pocatello, Idaho. I'm sure he did experience some ... culture shock isn't exactly the right word but it's all I can come up with, at 0.8%, as lovely as the area is (I'm pretty familiar with at least a hundred or so miles away where my grandparents lived). I'm not a teacher of color and it was "still" an interesting presentation. Retreat and recharge ... and then go back it. Take care of yourself and then go back at it. That's what he said. He talked about black families having "the talk" and that made me sad, especially after just having finished Ghost Boys.

Ghost BoysGhost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

This might be one of the hardest kid’s fiction books I've ever read.
And I'm not really any closer to knowing what to do with it next year. It needs to be shared with lots of kids ... but it needs context and discussion. So many of them will just see the word "ghost" and think "ooh, scary story" and then the actual topic will be so NOT what they are expecting.

It was also hard to read because I have a brother in law enforcement. I guess that is exactly it, though. So many people have dealt with prejudice for nothing but what they look like. I don't want people to think my brother thinks terrible things because of a uniform he puts on. They don't want their kids to be hurt because of the color of their skin.