Now my practicum has come to end, I have time to reflect on the experiences I have had. Working through 160+ hours of practicum whilst teaching full-time has, at times, been a challenge, but I feel that every hour has been incredibly valuable. On the one hand, I have learned so much through observing, teaching, and talking to the elementary and high librarians I met with; on the other hand, I don’t feel like it will ever be enough to prepare me for the job. This is certainly a job where the practical learning is done when your feet are on the ground, as with being a classroom teacher. One thing is certain: I have made the right decision to make this change in my career at this time, and I cannot wait to have a library of my own next year!
A local retirement community surprised our campus during Read Across America week by bringing this beautiful bench they made to our library!
They made them for a few randomly selected schools in the area and delivered them dressed in incredible outfits!
Very few schools are lucky enough to be reached out to by people like these wonderful retirees, so we must make all the effort we can to connect with community organizations. Whether it is reading buddies, volunteers in the library, or fundraising, librarians need the local community to invest in the school.
In my 4th grade classroom we have a daily intervention time for students to be seen for extra subject help. Those that don’t need additional support have “think tank” time where they do enrichment activities. This semester, I’ve given the students some STEM problem solving activities to do. They have so enjoyed getting hands on to solve challenges and test things out! I look forward to incorporating STEM into my future library and challenging our students to think outside of the box! This video shows the two students who were the only group who figured out how to solve this “Earthquake” problem where they had to create a structure that can withstand 20 shakes on the platform.
I worked Friday and Saturday at school to prepare our school for Read Across America/Dr. Seuss week. The librarian and I set out decorations, displays, and QR codes for a Seuss scavenger hunt around campus. Students in 3rd-5th grade are challenged to fill out a Google form for each book they read and younger grades fill out simple slips of paper. Each book equals 1 mile and we give them 2 weeks to read 3,300 books (number of miles across USA east to west). It’s a fun annual activity which also gives us a week of dressing up to a different theme each day. The kids and teachers love special reading activities like this and it really gets the kids excited.