"A Swisstastic Journey of Me and My Students"

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Reflection on 2014-15 School Year

     As an educator and just completing my 17th year in teaching, of which thirteen years have been as a Media Specialist or what was formerly known as a Teacher Librarian, I have been conditioned to constantly reflect on my year and evaluate what worked and what needs some fine-tuning.  That is what I will write about in this post.       Teachers tend to be tough on themselves.  They constantly think about how to reach all their students so that no one gets left behind.  They tend to wonder constantly if there was a better way to teach a concept, they self-criticize their ability to reach out to and listen to all students in their class (even though most of the time this includes 25+ kids), and the list goes on and on.  I am no different.  Yes the subject I teach may be formerly "non-tested" according to the state but what I do in my Media Center impacts their success in many facets of what my students do in the classroom, from formal assessments to researching skills to technology skills.  I must be successful in instilling the needed research and tech skills in my students so that they will use these skills when they are in the depths of our information driven society.  No one else will teach them how to filter through the information, how to remain safe when online, how to be a good digital citizen, how to cite information.  These are just a few of the skills they must learn how to handle in today's world.  Many teachers and parents do not fully understand all of these concepts today but they are my speciality!  I must create citizens who feel obligated to spread the word of these things so that others will learn from them.  I can't teach the world but on any given day I can teach 125 students who can reach the world one person at a time.  
Students enjoying CENTER time in the Media Center.

Students learning KEYBOARDING SKILLS in the Media Center.

We had a great year of author visits.  We welcomed Patricia Polacco, Sarah Mlynsowki, and various others.  Pictured is Diana Perry, author and scientist.

Numerous guest speakers to discuss careers and Genius Hour project passions.

Dress like your favorite character day.

Maker-Spacer in the making.  He created a robot for his passion project.

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