This school year has been full of new beginnings for me as I’ve experienced the high school setting for the first time as a librarian and settled into my new position at my new school.
One area that I was nervous about with the transition to high school was teaching research skills. I came from an elementary school setting with very little time (due to scheduling) to do work on inquiry based research projects to the high school that values research, co-teaching, and has fantastic database offerings for student use. The library already had a great program in place, so that has been extremely helpful. It has taken me quite some time just to figure out what resources are available and to familiarize myself with them. The high school is much larger so just learning the building, the routines, and building relationships with staff and students has been my first priorities. Currently, I’ve been working on a course in Canvas that will provide all high school students the resources they need for library and technology information. Another goal of mine is to create a library website (I have started on this using wixsite) so that I can keep students, staff, and families up to date with information, share new technologies, and of course brag on students. I am hoping this will also force me to blog and reflect more often in written format.
Being at the high school and part of the DLC has allowed me to attend professional development meetings that have been highly valuable. It’s great to make connections through PLNs but having the chance to learn and discuss with others has been phenomenal. We are moving forward as a district with motivated and dedicated educators and that inspires me too. This move has been incredibly rewarding and continues to push me to better myself as an educator and librarian
Today’s thoughts come from Shelly Smith. Shelly is the Pike High School librarian. Most recently she was the librarian at Guion Creek Elementary in MSD Pike Township. Shelly has been an educator for more than 15 years. She taught at the primary level before receiving her MLS and moving into a school library position. Shelly lives in Plainfield and enjoys spending time with her family, fur babies, and traveling to the beach.