Saturday, December 3, 2011

Last Week of Practicum

This past week was my last week of practicum because I finished all of my hours.
It was also the annual Scholastic Book Fair. Typically, she holds the book fair in the spring but she has had a lot of problems with Scholastic this year and was unable to get a time in the spring. The truck that dropped off the books for the book fair was suppose to arrive Monday morning. We waited, and we waited and we waited...until almost 2 or 3 in the afternoon. They dropped the books off and left, leaving us and a few moms (as in maybe 5 people total) to set up. I left around 4:30 so I don't know how long it actually took to set up.

Some of the boxes came sopping wet. My supervisor called Scholastic to get new materials and the new materials never showed up. This made Mrs. Walsh very mad.

On Wednesday and Friday, I went in around 7:15. It normally starts around 7:30 so parents can buy books but they came early anyway. Wednesday morning, we had a long line. Certain times such as during lunch we had longer lines. The rest of the time, the book fair was slow.

Mrs. Walsh said a lot of the parents were putting money limits or saying no to higher priced books. Some reasons were that it is closer to Christmas, we are feeling the economy and that the fundraisers the school holds earlier in the year just drain parents' pockets. She said this had been probably the worst year.

On Friday afternoon, we closed all the cases and put all the books away and closed down.

My hours were 8 to 4:30 on Monday, 7:15 to 4:00 on Wednesday and 7:15 to 2:15 on Friday.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Last week of regular library time

This past week was my last week of regular library times. All three days, I read to nearly all of the classes to let my supervisor work on book and reading fair materials. On Monday and Wednesday, I taught my mythology lessons to the 5th and 6th grade. It went pretty well but they had the it-almost-a-week-long-break bug. They are pretty interested in mythology however know hardly any myths outside of Greek. My final week in practicum will be the week after Thanksgiving when the book fair will be held. It will be nice change of pace but I do not know what I have gotten myself into. The book fair will complete all of my hours.

No practicum next week due to the school being closed for Thanksgiving break!

This is Ganesha, the god of good luck in Hinduism. We discussed why he has an elephant's head.

I went in from 8:00 to 1:40 on Monday, 8:00 to 2:45 on Wednesday and from 8:00 to 3:00 on Friday.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

I went in on Monday from 8 to 1:35 and Wednesday from 8 to 2:40.

On Monday, I put up posters around the school for the Scholastic book fair that is happening the week after Thanksgiving. I read to a couple classes.

On Wednesday, I made copies of materials for the book fair. My supervisor is stressed because the book fair is the only way she makes the majority of her budget.

Tomorrow I am doing mythology lessons for the 6th grade lessons.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

I went in on Monday from 8 to 1:35 and on Wednesday from 8 to 2:40.

On Monday, I got to run the library by myself. All the classes went well except. One of the sixth grade classes I used silent library but they still acted up and I'm not surprised that all classes act like angels.
On Wednesday, my supervisor and I discussed what I want to do for my lesson. I am doing a lesson on mythology in a couple weeks for the fifth and sixth grade classes. I started on posters for the book fair the week after Thanksgiving.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

This past week I worked 8 to 1:35 on Monday, 8 to 11:40 on Wednesday and 8 to 11:40 on Friday.

It was the same thing with cataloging books and helping the students. I donated books to the library and sorted through them to see what she wanted. She wanted almost every book.
Mrs. Walsh uses Renaissance Learning to obtain AR points. Sometimes books are not on RenLearn because they have have come out and they haven't read and determined the points or they find that books aren't worth any points. Also, they can't get to every book. The more popular series come out quicker.

Educators can submit recommendations for books to be read and determined point merit. I learned this week how to do this.

In the next couple of weeks, I will be making lesson plans for the 5th and 6th graders in mythology.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

This past week I went in from 8 to 1:35 on Monday, 8:15 to 2:45 on Wednesday, and 8:15 to 2:30 on Friday. It was a normal week pretty much. More books came in and more books cataloged. I read to several classes on Friday. Also, it was Read-A-Thon week for the students and teachers. The students compete to read the most minutes and they win different small prizes per day. The class with the most minutes wins a special prize with a surprise person. The teachers compete amongst themselves (I don't know if they get prizes). Hopefully,  I get to see what the big surprise is!

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Got to be in charge for a day

I only went in on Wednesday (the 7th) because the students were off on Monday for Columbus Day while the teachers had an in-service day (my supervisor didn't have to go in) and Friday was my fall break. I went in 8 to 3.
I was in charge for the day. It was quite a task! I read all the books to all the classes, made sure that all the Pre-K and kindergarten classes had their color sheets and the older students were getting their books in a timely manner. I thought the students would not be good. However, they were angels. Don't really know how they were angels!  Overall, it was a busy day and I wasn't just cataloging books all day.
Sacred Heart is starting Read-A-Thon this coming week. I think this will be a new experience. The students and teachers record how many minutes they spend reading as a fundraising. I love that they are allowed to read and have a way to read.
My favorite book I read this past week was the tongue twisting Double Trouble in Walla Walla.  Andrew Clements is the author.
Random fact: Beverly Cleary, creator of the Ramona books and an award winner, was a librarian.