This week, part of my 3rd grade online safety lesson included the students analyzing online usernames and deciding whether or not they were safe to use. They worked really well as teams, and I was able to walk around to praise their work and behavior. We reviewed the usernames, and we had time in the end for me to go around the room and ask the students to tell me a safe username they would create for themselves. All but one student was willing to share in front of the class, and I felt this reflected the rapport I had created with the students over this short time. It was very rewarding to see the impact of this series of lessons because the students were really putting the lessons together to apply them in life.
In 4th grade, the classroom teachers were going to be starting a research project soon. In alignment with this, in library, I taught the fourth grade a lesson in what an encyclopedia is, how to look up information, why they are still important in today’s technology environment, and then they completed a worksheet looking up information in the encyclopedia. They were engaged and seemed to have fun working on this lesson.
I really enjoy helping students check out books. I also really like the concept of students checking out books on their own, because it helps them engage in the library process and really understand what they are doing and take responsibility. However, for me as a librarian, when I do them myself, it is a tiny bit of one on one time that I may not otherwise get with students. When they check them out with me, sometimes they tell me about what they are checking out and why, and I get to ask them questions. I would like to be able to blend both of these things, and eventually, while my own students are checking out their own books, I will make sure to use the time to talk to students instead of performing other duties during that time.