• librarian,  new job

    Not Exactly What I Signed Up For

    This year, I’m in a new position at my school. If you’re a follower of my blog then you already know this. If you’re just joining us, welcome, and you should really read back through some posts to see how I got to where I am today. But the short version? I’m the new Media Specialist at my school. After finishing my certification program in May and running the interview gauntlet all spring, I lucked out with a Media Specialist position at the school I have worked at for my whole career. And it is not anything like I expected it to be. I knew it would be different because…

  • back to school,  librarian,  new job

    Trial By Fire

    School officially starts on Monday, at least for teachers. As of right now, students will start on August 24. They may come one day a week. They might come two. They could come none. No one even knows. But that’s a whole other blog post. Today’s post focuses on the work I’ve been doing for the past two weeks without getting paid. My new role as librarian is not what I was expecting it to be. And I know that it’ll get better once things are figured out and the Chromebooks are distributed and my aide is back in the library because she knows all the things. But boy, oh…

  • librarian,  media specialist,  new job

    Following the Yellow Brick Road

    I always swear I am going to do better about posting. And I do, for a week or two. Then life gets busy or I get tired or … well, the excuses are plentiful. So I’m not making any promises or anything today, just doing an update on the job hunt. For the one reader who reads this blog and cares. 🙂 I’ve previously posted about the first two interviews I had and the rejections that came from both of those. I also talked about the application I put in for an Intermediate school (way outside my comfort zone). Since that time, I actually have interviewed twice more. My third…

  • books,  librarian

    Teachers Are Readers, Too!

    Most teachers consider themselves lifelong learners. At North Greenville University, that was actually one of the criteria for student teaching – prove you are a lifelong learner. At the time, I thought that was dumb, but as I continue to grow as an educator, I see the value of it. There are lots of ways to learn, educate yourself, and continue to hone your craft. You can attend conferences (whether in-person or virtual), go to professional developments, grow a PLN or connect with other teachers. But one of the best ways (and the focus of this blog) is to read professional books. Now, not all books are created equal –…

  • books,  librarian

    Mapril Madness Tournament of Books!

    The coronavirus certainly made things in the education world a little difficult. Teachers had to design eLearning plans on the fly, grading is different, and parents are having to monitor their children’s usage of the Chromebooks – are they really doing work or are they just playing NitroType? It affected my “work” as an aspiring librarian as well. Not only did I end up having to complete my practicum hours by watching webinars but my March Madness Tournament of Books – something that had been going really well in the first two weeks of March, when we were in school – kind of fizzled out once all the kids were…

  • librarian,  teaching

    Practice What You Preach

    It’s a lesson that I teach my students, over and over again. When we went to Beta Convention and they gave their all and were convinced they’d placed, only to find out they fell short…we talked about how it’s possible to do your very best and not “succeed.” It’s entirely plausible that you could do your very best, put it all on the table, and still not achieve the desired results. The same is true for us teachers, especially those of us on the job hunt. We pour our hearts and souls into interviews, into preparing for interviews, into making sure that we nail each and every question, and it…

  • books,  librarian,  media specialist,  Uncategorized

    Blind Date with a Book Success!

    So, last month was my first big project as a fake “librarian” in my school. Since I’m doing my practicum this semester, I’m doing different activities in my library to get hours and to get practice as a librarian. My first big project/display was a “Blind Date with a Book” display for the month of February and it was a much bigger success than I expected! Woo-hoo! Today’s blog is going to recap what I did to set-up the Blind Date display, how I monitored it, and some of the key takeaways. That way, if you’re an aspiring librarian you can get some suggestions for how to do this in…

  • #starringthesixers,  back to school,  books,  classroom,  librarian,  literacy,  marshall,  marshall university,  media specialist,  reading,  teacher,  teaching

    Looking Ahead to Next Stages

    I think that, in life, it’s important to find your passion. It just doesn’t make sense to me to go through life doing something you don’t enjoy. Why be miserable when you can be happy? Now, I do understand that some people, through circumstances or choices or whatever, are not able to live their passion in their job but I have always thought that it is important to be happy at what you do. I enjoy my job (most days). I love who I work with and I love who I work for. On most days, I even love every single one of my students, except maybe when they’re screaming…