The school year is beginning to wind down, so I'll be posting less and less here at Our Lively Library until the beginning of the school year in August, I hope to keep it up a little bit as I learn new things and start on a few different projects for the beginning of the 2016/2017 school year.
So as I wrote my end of the year report, I began to compile my list of goals I had for the next school year. Some of them are concrete goals that I want to accomplish. For example, I would like to take the exams to become a Level 2 Google certified educator in order to work myself towards applying for the Google Certified Innovator program.
However, there are a few bigger projects that have not quite taken shape yet fully in my brain that I'm jazzed about for next year. Here are a few of the big ideas I am going to try to accomplish.
Recently, our school has received some bad press in the media for a few unfortunate incidents, and, of course, the media has jumped all over it, dragging our good name in the mud. I met earlier this year with one of our assistant superintendents after he returned from CUE for Administrators. He was inspired by schools that put out podcasts of the great things happening at their school, and he inquired if I might be interested in creating one for next year. He felt with my tech and theatre background, it might be the perfect fit for me. The idea would be just to start with the great things happening here at Pondo, and eventually the format could go to a wider audience with all four of our high schools.
I'm setting a modest goal for myself right now of doing one podcast a quarter highlighting a few different students in each podcast. I'm already familiar with using Audacity for audio editing, and my theatre background has given me some good resources for free music and how to put something like this together.
I'm not sure what to call it yet, but I'm thinking perhaps something like The Bruin Pride Podcast. Pondo Pride Podcast? Still twirling ideas in my head. You can be sure to hear my first episode here on my blog!
I'm a huge puzzle nerd with my logic book always in tow, and going to a room escape is worth every penny. I've been to a few different ones, and I remember after completing my first one I thought that it was the perfect idea for the library. It encourages creative thinking, teamwork, critical thinking, and not to mention it's a ton of fun!
I thought it would be the perfect kind of event to bring staff together and even run during Open House. My initial thoughts are to run it at a time where I just use it as a staff development activity during a collaboration time. They would be the perfect group to test it out on and then open it up to a wider audience. Perhaps a few students groups after school?
While traditional room escapes take one hour, mine would be more of a "mini-version" at only 20 minutes or so.
I believe the best place would be in our back work room/break room area, but there's a bit of friction between myself and my library tech about this. She's pretty protective of the area, but I think I can convince her that I will take care of the space. She does trust me and my ideas, so I think we can work together on it.
Our back room has a counter, a long table, and shelves above the counter. I would store all of the items on the shelves for a short time and create a kind of dining room area. Find some kind of plot to go around this theme. Like I said, the idea is all in flux, and I have found some amazing resources on Pinterest.
Monthly Event: Shakespeare
So many exciting ideas for the 16/17 school year, but for right now, I'm going to wind down the year, relax a bit with my soon-to-be one year old daughter, spend some quality time home with her over the summer, and recharge for what I hope will be a GREAT school year!
Jennifer Zimny has been a teacher librarian at Ponderosa High School for the past three years and previous to that, she was the drama teacher for 9 years. She holds a BA in Theatre from CSUS, a teaching credential in English, and a teaching credential in Library Media Services from Azusa Pacific University
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