I am putting together a proposal for my superintendent on what a 21st century elementary school library should 'look' like in a school of 600 students. My main concern is that I have so many classes, many of which are preps, that there is no time for teacher/librarian collaboration in my 1-3 classes. Presently, I am a 30-min. prep for grades 1&2, half the year (not changeable); a 40 min. weekly prep for grade 3,and not a prep for kindergarten.
I am OK with my 4th & 5th grade classes; I see them on a weekly basis for one hour (each class for half the year) where we do technology-supported research - we have use of both the library and the computer lab and I have the support of the technology teacher and classroom teacher (part of the time).
My schedule right now basically looks like 6 classes per day, with barely any free time at all. Although my grade 1/2 classes are only a prep for half the year, they are used to coming in on a weekly, scheduled basis. With 5 classes on each of those grade levels, I want to propose a "Week A, Week B" schedule, where grade one comes, let's say, during Week A for their 'prep time' and Grade 2 comes during Week B, thereby opening up some time for flex scheduling.
I have all the 'stuff' I need: a laptop cart, 6 pcs, smartboard, audio recorders, databases, good book collection, etc. - I just don't have the time in my schedule to utilize it properly with my younger grades! I feel like I am running a daycare center for them and I HATE that!!
My physical space is OK... not really room for simultaneous happenings, my media center is small, relatively speaking. but I am adjacent to the computer lab.
I am limited as to what I can change regarding physical space and prep covering. So, working with what I have, I am trying to come up with a solution...
Your comments are welcome!!