• media specialist,  teaching,  Uncategorized

    Teacher Resources

    Welcome to the wonderful world of eLearning. If you’re like me (and a teacher), you are navigating the waters of online learning with half a paddle, a boat with a few holes in it, and are those shark fins?? Online learning is something that I wasn’t prepared to do at the drop of a hat and I’m having to learn it as I go. Not only that but I’m still finishing up my grad work for my Media Specialist certification at the same time. Busy, busy, busy. However, it has not been all bad. Have you ever heard of a silver lining? Those rare moments where everything is not all…

  • 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…

  • school,  teacher,  Uncategorized

    Finding Joy Outside of Teaching

    As teachers, we are generally busy. If you ever see a teacher who rolls in right at the time for class to start and leaves as soon as the last child leaves, then you’ve basically seen Santa Claus. Teachers don’t just work a 9-5. Often, teachers are grading after school and on weekends, attending sporting events, and even taking graduate classes. Because a good teacher is a lifelong learner, you know. But it’s important for teachers to remember to take time for themselves. I’m not talking family time or coaching Little League (although those are certainly worthy endeavors). I’m talking legit, “me time.” Time where it is, simply put, all…

  • new teacher,  teacher,  teaching,  Uncategorized

    Teacher Burnout – It’s a Real Thing

    As teachers, we are often yanked and pulled in many different directions. These days, it is very rare to find a teacher who just teaches his or her classes and goes home. I mean, I guess they exist but they’re kind of like unicorns. Most teachers teach their classes and then they also sponsor a club or coach a sport. They stay late after school to grade or come in early to tutor. Some teachers plan field trips or act as a mentor to first-year teachers. And then there are the teachers that you always see lugging work home on a Friday afternoon, no matter how many times you’ve heard…

  • beta club,  Uncategorized

    Putting It All On the Line

    Sometimes, life isn’t easy. Sometimes, it’s hard. As a teacher, it can be especially hard to watch your students pour their hearts and souls into something and come up short. It’s times like that when we, as teachers, have to remind ourselves that we can shape these students and push them and cheer for them and they can still fall short of their goals. That doesn’t mean we failed them. That doesn’t mean you didn’t do a great job as a teacher. It just means that this time wasn’t their time. But boy, oh boy, can that be hard. Trust me, I know. Let me tell you a story… Two…

  • beta club,  books,  classroom,  literacy,  new books,  reading,  school,  students,  teacher,  teachers,  teaching,  teaching books,  Uncategorized

    For the Love of a Book, Week 16

    My “For the Love of a Book” series is back!! Mostly because I’m back. I still don’t think many are reading my blog (and that’s a crying shame because it’s awesome) but I’m going to keep resolutely pushing forward! I’ve been doing a lot of reading this summer and so today I am going to recommend an author, rather than one particular book. I don’t know how I missed this author and his books but I read one this summer and fell.in.love! Then I read his other four books in like a week. They are that good. His name is Alan Gratz. You may already be familiar with his work…

  • #starringthesixers,  books,  classroom,  gordon korman,  literacy,  reading,  sixth grade,  students,  teacher,  teaching,  Uncategorized

    For the Love of a Book, Week 9

    I’m finally back with another installment of the For the Love of a Book series!! I know you’re super pumped (and don’t tell me if you aren’t). I really am going to try to do better with my blog, I swear. This week, we are going to focus on an author, rather than on a certain book or series. This author has written many books that I’m a fan of and I’m going to focus in on one in particular but I recommend pretty much everything by this author! Gordon Korman is a mastermind when it comes to writing. His books are engaging and each one is full of plot twists…