Just for Media Assistants
Park Hill School District - December, 2014
New Year on the Horizon
Wow, the school year is sailing and a new calendar year is already on the horizon. The holiday season may have your book displays looking ravaged and you already thinking of displays for the new year. Look beyond the typical snow, winter, and holiday observances. Seek ways to inspire readers to explore their curiosities, test drive an unfamiliar genre, spread their DIY wings, or read the book of a recently released movie. Susan Brown's blog post, "Twenty Rules for Better Books Displays" provides thoughts about developing your displays, but sites such as Pinterest can help get your creative juices going. Don't pin your displays to a specific case--the more the merrier. Set up a display in areas of high use or use the "anti-display" strategy by leaving books in an area where they are quickly discovered by your students.
"Sometimes it's just easier." Have you ever caught yourself say that, or worse yet, actually doing something for a student because it was easier? We all are guilty of this from time to time, but have you asked yourself who benefited the most? The answer is likely YOU! There are instances when time is of the essence and we must assist students for a variety of reasons, but it should be the exception not the rule.
Encourage students to become independent users of our libraries and the information within it. If a students starts with, "I can't find..." ask the where they have looked and coach them through it. Help them conquer learned helplessness by "thinking through it". Don't forget to praise the successes to encourage independent effort the next time.
Weeding & Discard
Avoid the end-of-year crush by weeding quarterly. Work with your media specialist to determine if weeded items are appropriate for use in their classrooms. If so, offer weeded items to teachers. After a reasonable period of time box all remaining items & contact CP. Instructional coaches may go through these discards to determine if there are books useful for book boxes. Once they have removed items they can use, the box can then be prepared for discard and sent to the underground.
Continue to encourage your students and staff to suggest titles they would like to see added to the media center. Our collections should not only support our curriculum, but support student interests. Students and staff will take greater ownership in their media center if they can be part of the selection process.
Marking New Books
Now that we no longer use AR, elementary students are left without reading levels on new books. Destiny will continue to show the AR reading level on titles purchased prior to July 2014. You can still use AR Bookfinder to get this level. Most building are no longer marking the books. Labels are not the only way to determine if a book is appropriate. Encourage students to think critically about their books. 5-finger tests and PICK are reliable methods to in determining if a book if "just right".
Weeding & Discard
Marking New Books
"Children must be taught how to think, not what to think." --Margaret Mead
- I don't have any sound. FIX: Make sure sound is not muted (speaker icon usually orange). Check connection if using headphones or ear buds.
- I don't have Internet. FIX: Check wifi connection to make sure it's on (wifi icon usually orange). Turn on.
- I don't have a network connection. FIX: Restart. Often too many trying to access at one time. Some may require complete shut down, connect to a network cord & restart.
- My mouse won't work. FIX: Batteries! Batteries! Batteries!
Save the Dates
Teen Read Week - Oct. 12-18
Digital Citizenship Week - Oct. 19-25
National Family Literacy Day - Nov. 1
Veterans Day - Nov. 11