I've been hearing this more and more from friends both at work and at other schools: students are missing [skill]. Sometimes that skill is something that used to be taught, but given the COVID changes, just slipped through the cracks as content was watered down due to hybrid or online teaching. Sometimes it's a "soft… Continue reading What’s missing?
Many years ago, as a Baby Librarian, I realized I was the youngest in the room at many AASL committee meetings. Now, "baby" was in her 30s, so that didn't feel quite right. And I've blogged about many of my issues with AASL (and ALA) before. I'm no longer the youngest, but sadly, many of… Continue reading As I think about What’s Next
Wow, it's been a while since I did one of these. As we move into the Winter Break season, here are some links to enjoy/bookmark/get inspiration from. Books, Reading, etc. The Cybils are always a good RA tool, and now they have playlists! What could be better to share with students? Yes, this is a… Continue reading Minor Musings
Maybe it’s just at Milton, but October is one of those months that starts… and stops… and starts again. Weekly. Between the Jewish High Holidays, a Wednesday for PSATs/Community Engagement/college stuff, Columbus/Indigenous People’s Day, and Upper School Family Weekend/Diwali, we haven’t had a complete week. And next week, with a late start for professional development… Continue reading October, a month of challenges
Another year starts, and I'm not at all prepared. Because we're a multi-division department, scheduling pre-class department meetings is impossible, and there are a few other things preventing us from actually moving forward. I hope to get there soon. Still, it hasn't been all bad. For example, we were able to process all our new… Continue reading And we’re off!
I was just in a conversation with the number of other librarians, two of whom are brand-new to their schools. Both talked about “doing all the things” in their new space and I worry about that -- you can’t do all the things in every place, you’ll burn out. It also ignores the reality on… Continue reading All the things
There was a great comment on my post If I were in charge, in which the question "what roadblocks prevent you from trying this out?" How long do you have? Seriously, this is one of the realities of independent school librarianship (and probably public school librarians will also agree): faculty do not always feel the… Continue reading Roadblocks
Don't you love it when there's something you've been mulling over and the universe responds without being prompted? What I've been thinking about is "kindness" and lo and behold, Sunday was Mr. Rodger's Birthday. His vibe must have been influencing things. Sunday was also the night my book club met, and last month's book was… Continue reading Kindness
Over the years that I've worked with students on research, I've had the opportunity to think about how to do it right. Now, these aren't unique observations or things we wish students could do/teachers wouldn't do, they're just 30+ years of thoughts that if I were in charge would be put in place. Example? The… Continue reading If I were in charge
Here we are, starting 2022 in much the same way as we started 2021. And in another month it'll have been two years since we started to worry about COVID and thinking about how it would affect our students and program. Then came "crisis teaching"... and endless Zoom meetings planning for the upcoming year. Now… Continue reading Change my mind