The days go by so quickly sometimes it feels like they end before they’ve even begun.
My schedule today:
7:45-8:30 Serve students as they find books, check out books, return books, search for books, take AR tests, check-in with me about this or that assignment, celebrate with kids, help teachers find resources…CRAZY BUSY!!!!
8:30-9:00 Check in books and put them away. On average there are 100 books each morning. Today there were at least that many.
9:00-9:30 3rd grade class lesson: finding books in the fiction section. Students found books from slips that I’d printed from the catalog. They LOVED it and learned from it.
9:30-10:00 1st grade class lesson: Finding books in the “paperback browser”, the difference between a paperback and a hardback book. LOTS of book talks for “blue” and “yellow” level books (1st through 2nd grade levels)
10:00-11:00 4th grade research: Students continued writing their 5 paragraph research report from the notes they’d taken earlier. I assisted as they worked.
11:00-11:30 3rd Grade “Awesome Brain Club”–29 kids who are above the 75th percentile in reading and come to me while the other students in their grade level go to other teachers for their own reading intervention groups. Today was the 1st day of the new quarter and there were 8 new students (YAHOO!) I paired newbies with peer mentors who helped them figure out the requirements and expectations. Other children worked on their personal reading goals during “reading workshop” time.
11:30-12:00 3rd Grade Class–different group, same lesson & practice on finding fiction books.
12:00-12:20 Gulp down lunch at the circ desk while listening to “Ella” read, checking books in and out for kids, and reading my email.
12:20-12:55 1st Grade Intervention Group: These are first graders who are reading way above level. I team teach this class with a terrific 1st grade teacher. Together we have 30 little sweeties who worked in pairs to read book, write about them in their journals, and take AR tests. The energy in this group is electric. It’s so wonderful to see kids so mature, responsible, and independent even at this early age.
1:00-1:10 Check out for 2nd grade classes
1:10-1:40 2nd Grade Intervention Group (Buddy Club): First day of new semester. This is a group of 2nd graders who read above the 60th percentile. I got 12 new students for a grand-total of 33 kids. Again, each newbie was paired with a mentor and it was a joy to watch them learn the ropes.
1:40-2:00 Filled printer paper, checked in books, read email
2:00-2:30 2nd grade class: Fluency lesson–what is fluency? What are the 4 parts? What does good, fluent reading sound like? Fun lesson, fun group.
2:30-3:00 1st grade lesson: Different group, same as above
3:00-3:30 Clean up library, reshelved books, checked my mailbox
3:30-4:00 Worked with Destination Imagination Team on finding reputable news sources