Thursday, January 12, 2017

A Long, Overdue Media Center Update

New Year, New Resolution to blog more.

There has been so much happening in and around the library, I'll start with our MakerSpace. :) I'll save another soon-to-be-written post about the other things we've been doing.

A few weeks ago, I opened our MakerSpace after weeks and months of collecting items. We started out with building materials. The goal of this MakerFriday activity was to expose students to different kinds of materials by which they could create and build.  Below, you see Brackitz and Magnatiles.

Next up, we used Ozobots! Our library has some but we borrowed more from our STEAM bus coordinator, Craig Adams. The kids loved getting to program these tiny robots! They used problem-solving skills to determine why things didn't work and how they could fix them. It was great to see their minds at work! Their solutions were great!

Before the holiday break, I introduced the engineering design process. This is the model I used with our students:
We discussed how the "Create" and "Improve" sections really repeat themselves as they build and test over and over.

Classes had to engineer snowmen, gumdrop towers, and "snowball" catapults.

After the new year, we got a little crafty, working with duct tape to make a bookmark. January is National Hobby Month, so I wanted to expose our students to a potential new hobby.

Our MakerFridays will continue throughout the school year, along with the MakerSpace and its materials being used by classes any day of the week. I look forward to all that the rest of the school year will bring!

Monday, October 24, 2016

A little more in the library...

I love books and reading, don't get me wrong, but I felt as if the Media Center was lacking a few things. I've always loved the public library and the choices it offers. Sooo... This week, we are introducing a few more choices into the Media Center.

We have 3 additional options after checkouts: Brain Games, Puzzles & Coloring. The Brain Games are meant to stretch minds and problem solve in a fun way. The puzzles are a great way for students from the same class, and the whole school, to work in a common goal. And coloring is relaxing and soothing... sometimes all I want to do is color.

Below are a few pictures from our first morning.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Osmo fun!

This week, I've had the pleasure of working in our first grade classrooms working with Osmos.

The classes are using the Numbers and Tangram apps for Daily 4 stations (math) and the Words app for Daily 5 (literacy).

I have seen so much excitement from all the students... They love interacting with them!

A special thanks to our first grade teachers for letting me spend time in their classrooms. They are fabulous. Here are a few pictures of the students at work.  

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Special Delivery... iPads!

Today marked the last day for deployment of 1:1 iPads to grades 3, 4 & 5. All grades were so excited to have them in their hands to start learning and creating.

Fifth grade may be taking iPads home at some point in the school year. However, third and fourth graders will keep theirs at school throughout the school year.

I will be working with these classes throughout the school year on a variety of topics, including digital citizenship, digital reading, and more. They will also dive deeper into their apps in Media Class this year.

Learn more about the CPS 1:1 iPad Program and as questions arise, feel free to contact me at any time.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Checkout week... success!

What an awesome week! I got to spend each day working with each class in our brand new library. The joy on the kids' faces made all this hard work so worth it. Here are a few pictures of the week. Be sure to check out our Policies page to learn about checkout information.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Checkouts Begin!

This upcoming week is one of the most exciting weeks of the year... library checkouts begin! This year, it's extra-special as this will be the first time Beulah Ralph students checkout books from our library! The brand new books will finally get off the shelves and into students' hands. Look for Tweets throughout the week and a blog post or two about checkouts.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Award Books!

One of my goals each year is to read all our Mark Twain and Show-Me Reader nominees. The picture books are always easy, but the chapter books are always a challenge... There are 12! And just having a baby doesn't help. :)

Currently, I'm reading The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky by Holly Schindler. So far, so good. However, there have been others that have captured my attention a little more. I can't wait to get our students in the library to check these out!

Here are a few pictures of our Award book display.