• 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…

  • new year,  students,  teacher,  Uncategorized

    A Whole New World

    Hopefully, when you read the title of this blog post, the song from Aladdin popped into your head. If not, well, your childhood was messed up and you need to go now to Disney+ and watch the movie. Go. I’ll wait. If you’re like me, then this song was immediately what came to mind when you read the title. Of course, I pictured an animated Jasmine and Aladdin but decided to go a little more current for my video link. If you’re nostalgic, you can pop over to YouTube and watch the original video. I’ll wait. Okay, now that everyone’s caught up on their Aladdin, I’ll get into the meat…

  • 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 –…

  • media specialist,  Uncategorized

    Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

    My experience in my Media Specialist program is over. I’ve finished the last course reflection, applied for graduation (and may have missed the deadline but that’s a different story), and have scheduled a date to take the PRAXIS test (already postponed once thanks to coronavirus). Now, I’m entering that next phase of the adventure – the job hunt. I’ve previously posted about this job hunt already but I feel like it’s something that is crucial to my adventures as an aspiring librarian. Through my job hunt, I’ve learned that you can be great, you can do your very best in the interview and still not get the job and I’ve…

  • students,  teaching

    Finding Out What We Really Need In The End

    In March, I would have given anything for a break. I would have given a kidney, a lung, heck, take it all. I needed a break. There were over 30 of you in each class and each one of you wanted something from me. I was tired. I was exhausted and worn out. I couldn’t make it another day. I needed no more hugs. Seriously, I’m holding my fist up to fist bump you – doesn’t that clearly indicate you’ve hugged me enough today? I needed you to stop talking when I’m talking. We don’t care that you’re going to Zaxby’s later or that your dog had puppies – well,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…