The past few weeks have been filled with research projects and typical end of the year duties. In 8th grade science classes, we helped students figure out paraphrasing, citing sources, and using databases. Whitney is up to her ears in checking notecards, bibliographies, and rough drafts. In 9th grade history classes, students worked on a culminating project in lieu of a final exam. This lead to Mary being up to her eyeballs in bibliographies as well. I helped out where I could in both projects and manned the fort for Trivia Tuesdays and Thursdays.
In terms of end of the year items, I’ve been working on our annual report graphic. Every year we try to make it look a little different, so it requires lots of data collection and style. I also created our “new books” list which by now is slightly out of date since we haven’t been able to buy many new books. We have, however, helped narrow the choices for faculty summer reading books and purchased those. We sent out dozens of emails to try to get seniors’ library materials back before they officially leave school 😦 and I made a video for the 8th grade graduation ceremony guiding students to reread their favorite books to get them through the potentially stressful times ahead. We hosted our last book club/reading challenge/Battle of the Books meeting celebration and got a good mix of 6th/7th grade playing online Pictionary and chatting about life.
The last thing on my plate has been planning modules for our freshmen library unit next year. I’m in charge of “Welcome to the Library” and “How to Use Databases,” while the other librarians cover topics like plagiarism, search strategies, website evaluation, and citing sources. I’m working out the kinks of Screencastify and posting tutorials on an LMS topics page. Depending how things go next year, this may or may not be completely virtual, so I’m trying to create connected assignments that can all be done within our LMS. It’s always nice to be prepared!
As for the summer ahead, camps have been cancelled so it’s up in the air for me. I’m sure there will be lots of reading, lots of hiking, and lots of planning for the school year ahead!