Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Plans (or lack thereof)

I haven't blogged in a while. This is the summer that I really should be blogging and planning and trying to figure out what I want to do this year, but I'm stuck.

I don't know what I want to do. I feel aimless. 

My problem is that so much is new about my new job. No one (that I've spoken to, anyway) knows what it's going to look like. I feel like I need some structure, and I don't have it yet. 

I'm definitely putting that on me. I need to be proactive about what I think is best for me and my new school. I need to think like a teacher (which I still consider myself) to help plan for what I want to offer. 

I have accomplished a couple of things.  I put together a google site to collect all of my diigo links - it's weird looking for all kinds of curricular resources instead of just math! It took me some time playing with diigo and finding a way of posting HTML to a google site to get what I wanted, but I enjoyed the process (which gives me good vibes about this job).

 I set up a calendar on the site with appointment slots representing all of the different class times during the day so that teachers can schedule their own library time. I'm hoping they'll embrace the ability to do this; I know I would have! Previously to get a class into the media center we'd have to go down and check with the specialist to get a class scheduled in. Doing this online will give teachers the opportunity to see from their own computers what periods are available and to schedule them when they're doing lesson planning, because we all know that doesn't always take place at school. 

I'm trying to figure out how I want to get information out to teachers. I was thinking of a weekly "official" email with cross-curricular tools. I just read about the idea of setting up one afternoon a week in the media center after school to present a tool in person. What worries me about that is trying to find one day that isn't already taken up with meetings. So maybe both? I send out an email with a tool and schedule a day when I would be available to present in person. Something to think about. 

I found a new blog (to me) that I'm hoping to get a lot of ideas from.  Check it out! It's called The Techy Teacher Librarian. 

The good news? It's only July 2 and I have time to figure stuff out. 

The bad news? It's only July 2 and I have a lot of time to worry about how it's going to work. 

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