I was a Spanish teacher for 30 years. I earned my masters degree in education with an emphasis in School Library and information Technology through Fresno Pacific University. I have been working in the library at South High School in Bakersfield, CA for the past 3 1/2 years.
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I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of http://www.GettingBoysToRead.com. Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit. We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight.
If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us http://www.facebook.com/SupportSchoolLibraries . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!
I'm a teacher librarian & recently started a community based blog for getting boys to read - http://GettingBoysToRead.com. Please send me a friend request if you'd like to network, share ideas, and learn more about getting boys to read.
I have been in the program for a year at the main campus. I started it after after being offered the job at my school. I had been teaching there for two years and an opening had come about. I officially started in the library in August 2007 (although I began doing things for this year in May).
This is the best job I have ever had. I can't imagine going back into the regular classroom. I am 46 and expect that I will do this job until I retire.
Sounds like you are a positive influence for technology among your staff. Are you at a high school? How large? Do you use much technology in your Spanish classes?
I've heard good things about the Fresno Pacific program. How much longer do you have? I taught for 25 years, then went to San Jose State for my MLIS. I loved it. I learned so much and have never regretted my move from the classroom to the library. I hope a library position opens up for you soon, but it sounds like you're making a positive influence where you are.
The wiki I started for librarians in my district isn't blocked from our school computers. (Maybe the tech department doesn't know about it yet.)
That's too bad about the library position. What do you teach? Where are you taking your classes? I'll let you know if I have any luck starting a book blog at my middle school.
I am the only one of the four librarians in my district who took the 2.0 class, this summer, so I started a librarian wiki to teach the others what can be done with them. I thought we'd plan our trip to the CSLA conference using the wiki and then plan our annual Board Presentatin using it. If we like using it, we might find some teachers who are interested in trying it too. I've learned to take these things slowly, so as to not overwhelm people.
I taught our computer lab teacher about del.icio.us so she can get to bookmarked sites from home and from school without having to remember them and bookmark them on each computer. She was impressed with that and I know she will teach others. So what I learned this summer is spreading little by little. I'm sure yours will too, even if you aren't in the new position. Keep in touch.
Hi, Randy. Did you get the position you interviewed for? I have been back to work since last Wednesday because I am responsible for textbooks. We have processed the new science adoption and delivered class sets to classrooms and are getting set for the new year.
Tomorrow we have an inservice on the new web-based AR program we are using this year.
Beginning a new year is one of the best things about teaching. Our tech department is in a crunch mode as they moved the district servers and things were not up and running for the return of the secretarial staff, so I've not met with anyone about allowing me to set up a blog where only students registered can make comments to one another. But I think that will be my first stab at getting some 2.0 tools in the hands of our students.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that del.icio.us is not blocked by our system and I can get to all the wonderful sites I tagged this summer.
I'm anxious to hear how you pursue some of the new tools we learned in the summer class.
As far as I can tell, if you want to join a group within the Teacher-Librarian Ning, you just click on the name of that group. That opens a new window, and on the left at the top there seems to be a box that comes up with a description of the group. At the bottom of that box it says, "Join __________ group now". You click there to register for that particular group.
How are you finding your Masters program? I am just nearing the end of my M.Ed. in Teacher-Librarianship through the University of Alberta here in Canada. I can't say enough good things about the program I've taken. The expectations are incredibly high, but the amount of learning I've done has been phenomenal! Good luck with your recent job application. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!