As I continue contemplating ways to promote my school library program, I have been investigating various approaches taken by other educators to promote their ideas and programs. I came across this video by Dave Truss today and was struck by a comment he made in the video: “Do not go quietly into the classroom.”
Many school librarians have vital programs that not only increase student achievement, but also increase a student’s sense of self-worth. Unlike a classroom teacher, what we teach does not occupy a place on student report cards to reinforce the idea that we make a difference. Do we really want to entrust our program’s future to chance? The chance that our students go home and enthusiastically share what they learned or created in the school library that day? The chance that an administrator walks by the library, is curious about what has students engrossed in their projects, and enters to make inquiries? The chance that a parent will make a positive comment about his child’s school library to a school board member?
Make Some Noise!
What can we do to ensure that our contributions to education reach the community’s ears? Why not post projects students create using library resources on our library websites?
Ithaca High School in Ithaca, NY Examples of student created projects for American History and English classes
Hawthorne Elementary School in Missoula, MT Examples of group projects from kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade classes
Kapolei Middle School in Kapolei, HI Examples of a variety of exemplary projects from grades 6, 7, and 8
Kamali’i Elementary School in Kihei, Maui, HI Examples of class projects and student created podcasts
Program Promotion Challenge Continues
This week I will be sharing student projects created through the use of library resources. They should make an attractive addition to our library website.
Where’s my noisemaker?