Day 1

Friday 1/20/12

When I began in my role as the teacher librarian at St. Croix Falls Elementary School I had no idea how pivotal the role would prove to be. Having previously worked as a reading program coordinator, staff-developer, reading specialist, and classroom teacher of grades 1, 2, 4, 5, & 7, I was concerned that this new role wouldn’t allow me to be a change agent in the way I love to. Boy was I wrong.

My boss is terrific. He trusts me. He allows me to explore my role and be creative. When he hired me he said, “The job is yours to explore.” Now, I find that “elementary school librarian” means:

  • Teacher
  • Profession development coordinator/provider
  • Cheerleader
  • Technology consultant
  • Data consultant
  • Disciplinarian
  • Volunteer coordinator
  • Mentor
  • RTI Facilitator
  • Interventionist

Now I find that being an “elementary school librarian” is among the most creative jobs I’ve ever had and certainly the one with the widest impact.

Friday. There were no children at school. Previously I had worked with my boss to create the schedule and carry out the professional development.

8:00-9:00 At district for “celebration” breakfast

9:00-11:00 At our home school for Response to Intervention Review Session (whole staff, led by me)

11:00-12:00 Work on our own (I helped teachers with looking at their data, grouping students for instruction, and finding instructional resources)

1:00-2:00 Six-Traits Writing 3rd/4th Grade Overview Session (led by me)

2:00-3:00 Six-Traits Writing K/1st/2nd Grade Overview Session (led by me)

3:00-3:30 Barcoding books from thrift stores

Highlights of today:

  • Teachers were happy about the growth we’re making. They enjoyed looking at the graphs of progress for the year. I was too. Kids are moving up, up, up and it’s positively thrilling!
  • Teachers were excited to begin working with 6-Traits Writing Rubrics. Even the couple of teachers who were concerned about it said they understood the rubrics better and feel ready to try them.
  • Helping teachers one-on-one and in small groups as they reflected on and refined their teaching.



About ritaplattlibrarian

I am an elementary school librarian and I love my job more than it should be possible to love a job! A Nationally Board Certified teacher, my experience includes teaching learners of all levels from kindergarten to graduate students.
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