Welcome back! We’re working on lots of exciting things for the rest of the school year. Here’s a sneak peek:
January – We’re going to start our very own GM book awards
February – The last week is the beginning of Read Across America week and it continues into March. The exact dates are 2/26 – 3/2
March – We’ll have our spring book fair
April – We’ll celebrate School Library month
May – We’ll kick-off our Summer Reading program in collaboration with the Cobb County Public Library
Applications are now available for the January – May 2018 schedule for the News Crew (Good Morning Greyhounds) and the Media Center Crew.
What you need to know:
- Applications are in the media center on the bookshelf near the door OR by clicking here: 17-18 Media Center Crew Application – 2nd semester-2fpykx5 or by clicking here: 17-18 GMG Crew Application – second semester-22rze9u
- All applications require a parent and a teacher signature
- All applications must be filled out completely to be considered
- Media Crew Crew is for 4th and 5th grade students
- News Crew is only for 5th graders
- If you’ve already been on the Media Center Crew or the News Crew you can do it again. I will give first choice to students who have not worked on either crew, and then go through the applications of those who want to do it again
Most importantly – all applications are due back on 12/13! If you have any questions, please ask Mrs. Kenworthy.
Check out what we’ve been up to in the media center this first nine weeks! For a larger version, you can click on this link: gmmc-firstnineweeks-1718-1fovh2a
Would you like to be a library media center volunteer? We’re offering volunteer training sessions for parents who would like to become volunteers in the library media center. We’ll show you how to use the computer to check books in/out, how to shelve, and we’ll discuss special projects that we have available too. Please choose one of the links below for SignUpGenius so we know to expect you.
Training Option 1: 10/12 from 10-11 am http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0544aca62da6fd0-volunteer
Training Option 2: 10/24 from 10-11 am http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0544aca62da6fd0-volunteer1
Training Option 3: 11/1 from 1-2 pm http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0544aca62da6fd0-volunteer2
We were lucky to secure funding to purchase new tables for the media center that have wheels so the tables can easily be moved around during lessons or for small or large group meetings and presentations. The tables even flip upward and nest together so we can clear the table area into a large, multi-grade gathering space.
We recently moved our tables around during a fourth grade research lesson. Students were researching in groups and we were easily able to move the tables for each group. When the lesson was finished, we quickly moved the tables back to their former position.
This is another step into making our media center into more of a learning commons where we can be as flexible as possible. These tables and their mobility add another learning area within the library. If you’re interested in seeing our new tables or learning more about the different learning areas that have been created in the library, please stop by and we’ll be happy to give you a tour!
Have you heard about the power of yet? It’s part of Growth Mindset and something we’re focusing on in the media center this year. An easy way to think of growth mindset is to consider if you think that your brain has learned as much as it can at this point in your life (fixed mindset) OR if you can continue at any age to learn and grow to become the best “you” that you can possibly be (growth mindset). We think the library is a great place to focus on growing and learning since we have books and technology resources that help students learn “school” things and also “fun” things.
Helping students to grasp the concept of growth mindset and begin to integrate it into their daily lives supports our makerspace and the STEM/STEAM lessons that we are incorporating in the library and throughout the school. It’s also a great way to help students realize that learning is a part of life and just because they can’t do something now doesn’t mean they won’t ever be able to do it. It just means they can’t do it YET. This is a powerful message for children and adults and we’re excited to share this with our students.
Students in grades 2-5 used index cards to list two things they can’t do YET and one thing they can do well after we had a class discussion about growth mindset. Students in grades K-1 were read the book, Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae to help them understand that you can change the way you think (from fixed to growth) and it all begins with remembering the word YET. The K-1 students then shared one thing that they couldn’t do yet and it was written on a large poster for each homeroom.
The index cards and posters are on display in the media center and when students achieve their “can’t” item and change it to a “now I can” item, they will be able to sign the wall of fame in the library and have the option of going on the news show to announce to the school that they’ve joined the “Now I Can” club.
We hope that you’ll support your child in this endeavor and maybe even challenge yourself to come up with your own “I can’t yet” and make plans to reach that goal – maybe even enlist the help of your child if it’s feasible. It’s incredibly encouraging and inspiring for children to see that adults still can learn and should keep learning to continue growing as individuals.
Last week we began our journey into the world of digital citizenship with our introductory lesson for every student in the school. With our upper grades students (3-5) we formally assessment them using our iPads and QR codes that directed students to the website https://quizizz.com/. This assessment tool was recommended to my by a fellow elementary media specialist and the students loved it! They loved the memes that popped up after their answer selection and the competitive factor (students could see their class ranking based on correct and incorrect answers). When asked if I should show their teachers this tool and if I should use it again in the media center, the resounding answer was YES!
We’re excited to begin the 2017-2018 school year and have lots of exciting plans in store for you! More about that later, but don’t forget that the Summer Reading Challenge doesn’t actually end until September 8th! Keep reading so you can see Mrs. Kenworthy and Mrs. McReynolds get slimed!