We are nearly through the first quarter of the 2010-2011 school year in my school district. As the end of the grading period nears, deadlines loom: grades to be entered, reports to be filed, parent-teacher conferences to prepare for, yet more paperwork to be completed. Teachers are stressed.
How cans school librarians help alleviate the stress classroom teachers are feeling as well as provide ways to ease some of it in the future?
Schedule Time Out
Why not plan an end-of-the-quarter event in your library? Invite your staff to drop by during their planning periods or after school one day for a “Tech ‘n Treat.” Play soothing music, provide refreshments, offer door prizes, and let teachers go “trick or treating.”
Set up stations throughout your library where your teachers will not only find a container filled with goodies, but also discover terrific ideas to incorporate technology into their lessons. At one station, teachers can discover Flip Video cameras and examples of how they can be used to enhance student learning. At another station, they’ll find an interactive Jeopardy game that could be used for unit reviews. At still another, they can watch video “how-to” tutorials – choose a tool that would be helpful to your faculty and either create a tutorial or find one online.
And at another station, play an inspiring video. One of my favorites is Taylor Mali’s “What Teachers Make.” Here is an edited version which is more faculty friendly than the original.
Remind your teachers that they shape the future, one child at a time. Remind your teachers that you value them. Remind your teachers that you are there to assist them.
If you were creating a Tech ‘n Treat for your faculty, what stations would you include?
Credit: The title of this blog post was borrowed from an upcoming meeting of the Media Specialists of Spartanburg County.
Burning the Candle at Both Ends by Julianne Villaflor