What a great first week we had in the Musson Media Center! Students got to explore some of the new books we got in, and we talked about how important it is to use the Book Suggestion Form on my website. I use these forms to help me choose new books for the library. I really want to connect students with their interests in order to make readers out of all our students, so please encourage your child to suggest books he/she would like to see in our library.
In order to get the students up and moving, we did several activities in the form of stations in the media center. One station was a visible thinking routine called compass points. Students wrote down on chart paper any thoughts they were having about library/media this year in terms of Needs, Suggestions, Excitements, and Worries. I got lots of great feedback from these papers and can’t wait to implement their suggestions into the program! The second station was decorating wooden sticks, which I use for my "Secret Student" chosen each class period, and the third station was a reading survey on the computers. To me, this was the most important station - I use the survey to get to know my students in order to match them up with the perfect book!
Finally, we explored a new technology known as Plickers. The students LOVED this activity and I told them if they come up with relevant ways to use it in the media center, we can use it more often. It involves each student holding up a QR code in order to answer a question. By quickly scanning the codes with my iPad, I am able to collect their data instantly!
Overall, it was a fabulous first week and the students seem excited to be back. I can't wait to see what great things they will accomplish this year!
Mrs. Jackie Luci is the Information Literacy Specialist at Musson Elementary.
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