Saturday, September 03, 2011
I haven't posted much this past summer because I was totally focused on finding a new job. I am happy to report that I found a wonderful opportunity at a school in Philadelphia. I started my position as School Library Media Specialist this past week. It is exciting and overwhelming and will be really challenging and fun! I will be working with bright, charming, energetic children who have experienced economic challenges but who are eager to learn. My budget is not the best but the library space is really open, spacious, and beautiful.
I have already filled the windowsills with plants, which was one of my secret hopes and dreams for my new library position while job hunting. It wasn't the highest propriety, but to be honest on the job interviews where the library didn't have sunny windows I just wasn't falling in love as fast. Let's be real; in these long dreary Philadelphia winters green growing plants and sunshine makes a difference! I have had geraniums blooming in my school library for 11 years and I wanted to continue that tradition.
I am still getting my bearings and learning my way around the school. The computer lab where I will teach technology classes for grades 1 - 6 is still not quite ready for prime time and I have two 6th grades and a 5th grade coming on Wed. for the first instructional day of school. It will be interesting to see what the students bring to the table as I plan on spending the first weeks getting to know them and finding out what they know & what they want to do & learn this year.
I have a new Macbook Pro running Lion OS and Chrome, all new to me, so that is part of what I will be learning this fall. I haven't taught sixth graders very much in the past either so I am sure it is going to be a fun and enlightening year for me.
My goals are:
1. to get to know my students, faculty, administration and the culture of the school
2. explore how to use what resources and tools we have available to enhance and expand the curriculum as it is used
3. have a lot of fun and enjoy the people with whom God has blessed me.
What are you diving into this fall? What are your learning goals?