Archive for August 2012

Library classes began today!  Students in grades 2-4 were sent on an unusual type of scavenger hunt – an iHunt!

What is an iHunt?   The students were given clues and questions of things to find in the Library.  Instead of writing down the answers, they were asked to take a photo of the item with an iPod.  Then they shared what they learned with the entire class.  So, an iHunt is like a technology-enhanced scavenger hunt!

We’re looking forward to incorporating technology into many of our Library lessons again this year.  Keep reading the RES Library Learner blog to learn more about what happens in the RES Library-Media Center!

Welcome back, Roadrunners!  This is going to be an exciting year at RES.  I’ve already had the chance to visit with nearly every class in the school and everyone seems so happy and motivated to learn.

Unfortunately, I don’t get to teach Library classes during the first week of school.  A lot of students stop me in the hall and ask, “Why don’t we have Library?”  So I thought I would post an entry on my blog dedicated to “A Librarian’s First Week of School” to give a little behind-the-scenes look at what happens.

The beginning of the school year is full of busy, busy, busy things to do!  Among many other things, a school librarian…

  • checks out textbooks to the students and teachers
  • spends time assisting the kindergarten classes
  • checks out equipment (like TVs, projectors, cameras, speakers, etc.) to the teachers
  • processes new books
  • sets up schedules and sign-up sheets for technology (like the iPad cart)
  • organizes the library (this year we completely re-designed the layout of the library shelving and tables)
  • updates the databases for Alexandria Librarian and Accelerated Reader
  • assists teachers with technology issues
  • creates orders for new books and materials
  • attends meetings (and more meetings)
  • meets with teachers to begin collaborative planning and to create a list of materials they would need to help their students be successful learners
  • takes photos and posts updates on the school website
  • updates the school calendar…and more!

Miss Colwell’s kindergarten class visited the library while on a scavenger hunt to search for the Gingerbread Man.

Mrs. Vaughan spends the first few days of school checking out textbooks to all of the students at RES.