Day 5 (of 183) a case of the Mondays (With thanks to @adriennegear )

Day 5 (of 183) a case of the Mondays 

But not the officespace kind….! Still a classic movie!
The good kind!
The “it’s my first Monday in a long time that I get to be a librarian!” kind! It felt good to return to where I started my career – in the library; but not as a teacher-librarian but as principal-librarian. This enables me to have positive interactions modelling literacies to my entire learning community! 
And best of all to model the strategies that @adriennegear so eloquently describes and reinforces in her Reading Power series http://www.readingpowergear.com

And a “new” bonus as she highlights key books via her Twitter handle that look at the evolution of reading by starting with 

Making connections

Asking questions

Visualizing

Then inferring & transforming
This week I am starting with Scaredy Squirrel with my primaries- a fun book that helps show that new things (connecting it to new schools) don’t have to be scary. With my intermediates I can’t help but return to Chris van Allsburghs Just A Dream to have students connect their own nightly dreams to who they are (and start to infer who they want to be…!)
I don’t have a lot of library time allotted to me – a day a week – but it’s an opportunity continue to evolve our learning space into a learning commons. I have a dream of our library being used more and more – as a learning commons of sorts. 
Is it crazy to have a maker space in the library?

I’m tempted to revisit some of the work that Sugata Mitra did in his Hole-in-the-wall project that kickstarted my SOLE work: https://technolandy.wordpress.com/soles/  …….but more on that after we try some raspberry pie (hint hint)

Is it going too far to have a variety of self-regulation tools and physical literacy ideas that are next to numeracy tools to encourage a variety of literacies?
Step one was to roll out (literally) a patch of grass for us to sit on while reading (an idea my youngest came up with while we were in our local nursery and saw some artificial turf which made her say: wouldn’t it be cool to lie down and read a book on the grass in the middle of winter?). 
Step two: to work with our district librarians and collaborate on ideas to disrupt traditions and reinvigorate our libraries as the central hubs to our schools!  Gonna be a great series of Monday’s coming up!!

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About technolandy

Principal of Sorrento Elementary Educator pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Piloting ePortfolios
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One Response to Day 5 (of 183) a case of the Mondays (With thanks to @adriennegear )

  1. LOVED reading this post, Ian! How wonderful to read how you are using the RP strategies with students in your library! Also that you are bringing the #booklove to everyone by sharing great picture books with them and transforming your library into the “learning hub” of your school! Love it! My heart is smiling! Thank you for all that you are doing to make learning better for kids!

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