Practicum 590 Blog #7

Throughout all of my LME classes and field experience for my first Master’s in 2008-2010 to my Rank I in 2015-2017, I have observed in 3 different libraries from some of my favorite library media specialists.  I have taught classes in these schools, so I have seen more than just field experience.  The great part is that I was able to see a variety of grades with library media specialists that had only been in the library for a couple years to 10 years to more than 20 years.  Every LMS was different in their approaches and responsibilities.

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Practicum 590 Blog #6

Technology is my strength, and working in the library allowed me to share some of my technology resources.

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Practicum 590 Blog #5

Research begins to become a major part of education in middle school.

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Practicum 590 Blog #4

One aspect of working with students in the library includes exposing them to more resources like KhanAcademy for Math help.  This was very helpful for students needing more help with advanced Math classes.

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Practicum 590 Blog #3

Working in the library is full of uncertainty.  You never know what you’ll be doing from day to day.

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Practicum 590 Blog #2

Many students were reading books for other classes, and asked if they could use those books for their book trailers.  I allowed them to do that, but also provided time to look for other books, as well as show what types of different books were in the library.  We discussed books that might be of interest based on other student interest, and we discussed graphic novels.  Many students had not read graphic novels.  While spending time in the library, students read, but also realized the books they were reading were not books they wanted to read, so they traded.  I realize this is important because sometimes you want to read a book, and that book is just not interesting at the time.  When I first tried to read The Notebook, I could not get through it.  It was so boring.  Years later, I picked the book up again, and read it in a couple days.   We have to understand that students are the same way, and give them ample amounts of time to decide if they like a book, and not force them to read a book they don’t like.


This picture shows me talking to some of my students that told me that they do not like to read, and they do not want to read.  We discussed what they liked, and I suggested a variety of books and other reading material for them.  These two really enjoyed The Walking Dead, so we discussed the comic books and other Walking Dead material in the library.  While I do not think they read any new books, I hope that our discussion will make them think about materials to read in the future.  This also made me consider what materials I would purchase for a library, how I would decide on materials, and how I could engage in conversation with students that do not like books to possibly peak their interest.  One of the assignments for one of my classes reminded me of creating a bulletin board or video for books that related to popular tv shows, because my video related to popular movies that are books.  This is another way to possibly spark interest and encourage readers.


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Practicum 590 Blog #1

Since I was young, I wanted to read.  My mom would read to my brother and I before we went to bed, and when I was too young to read, I already had the desire to find books and dive into another world.  I began reading in kindergarten, and I was fortunate enough to always have a good library at school, in my county, and at home.  Reading is a true passion of mine that might keep me up all night finishing a book.  I know I was sleep deprived at an early age because I wanted to finish my book, so I’d wait until my parents were asleep to read.

As I enter my last semester of Graduate School to become a librarian, I think about how I had access to TV, movies, and games as a child, but I loved reading more.  Today, we are similar situation with even more access to TV, movies, and games anywhere with mobile devices.  When I traveled as a child, I would always bring a book with me.  One good part of the technology in regards to reading, is that you can multiple books with you wherever you go, and even read them in the dark without a light.  But how do we get students to enjoy reading and want to read.  Some kids, like me, naturally want to read.  Some are encouraged by family and friends, while others found the books that made them readers.  What do we do to encourage other students that haven’t found a reason to read, yet?  This is one thing I spoke to my supervising librarian about.

This is my 4th year at BGJHS, and the last 2 years I have spent time observing in the library for my LME classes.  Since I currently teach Related Arts, and my supervising librarian is considered part of the Related Arts Team, I have gotten to know her well over the last 4 years.  We have discussed books, as I also check them out of the library to read, and we have discussed technology since that is my current teaching position.  After discussion of encouragement, we collaborated to have students create book trailers for my class.  Students could choose any book, and my supervising librarian and I worked together to help those students that did not like to read, find a book that might spark their interest.  We talked to the students to find out their interests.  We suggested specific book series based on what books other students had checked out in the past.  The students also spent time in the library to read their books so that each student had the opportunity to explore the library, since the librarian has a flexible schedule, and few teachers bring the class to the library to check out books on a regular basis.

After reading the books, the students spent time in my class creating book trailers to encourage others to read the books.  I will share these trailers with the librarian to see if she would like to use these in the library in some way, in hopes that others will be encouraged to read more.


Here is an example of one of the book trailers:



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