Enjoy! The first year was a worlwind (sp) for me but I loved it. I had a great support system via my mentor and classmates from library school, several of us were lucky enough to get into school libraries quickly.
The person who helped me during my first year the most, and still does, is my mentor librarian. If I had a question about a policy or need ideas, I can always count on her. Get to know other media specialists in your district; they can really relate to your frustrations and understand your needs. I would ask your principal to see grade level long range plans to get an ideas for collaboration and they would help coordinate your lessons with their units.
I will also be a first year LMS after 17 years in the classroom. I know some things I will offer based on what I needed as a teacher. I am blessed with a library aide who has worked in the library for several years. I have the degree, but as with my teaching degree, what you learn in college is not usually how it is in the day to day job. I have been talking to teachers and the principal for pointers. Good luck and stay in touch. Maybe we can get through this together.
I also read through ALL the post in this section and copied (borrowed??) the ones that I thought would help me.
Congratulations! I am not new to teaching but this will be my first year as LMS as well. I am excited but already overwhelmed. I have been told nothing about expectations and such...and schools begins soon enough! Not having an aid to offer guidance is a bummer. It's so different from being new in the regular classroom because no one else in the school is or has been in the library...
Vespergirl, BigBooks, LMS Forever--solidarity Do you have any idea what your initial lessons will be? Routines, getting to know names, etc? Like in the classroom? I was thinking of doing a cute book jacket--like design your own book jacket that represents you and your personality--but your name has to be in the title...something like that to get to know the kids since I don't know ANY of them, really!? Thoughts?
I have been so busy cleaning and organizing the library (wow!) that I haven't spent as much time on actual lesson planning. I have written my standards into "I can..." statements and I have a few ideas, but not too much beyond that.
I know for my kindergartners and first graders I am reading Mr. Wiggles. Heck, I may read that to all grades just for fun...but I'll do extension activities based on the book with the younger students.
I love the book jacket idea for the older students!
I didn't mean to forget you... see, Big Books, I need to really simplify things for the little ones. I am coming from 5th, so one size doesn't fit all--and I thought everyone could make a book jacket?!!
My first day or two I just want to get to know their names, establish a personal connection...I think that's so important.
So, let's pool our ideas together and make a list now for how we can do that:
~book jackets with your name in them (for 3-5)
~Wiggles (I'll have to check this out)
~Crysthanemum (K-2)--all about names
~Making a wordle on the computer with your name and other characteristics about you (2-5)
At the beginning of the year, after reading Mr. Wiggles, I have two backpacks: a "Happy" backpack, and a "Sad" backpack.
The happy backpack has a box of crayons, an eraser, and pencils in a zipper compartment. In a separate compartment are a bag of chips and a juice box. In a third compartment is a library book.
The sad backpack contains broken crayons, an empty chip bag, candy wrappers, an open bottle of juice, and a library book that has been damaged by crayons and spilled liquids. The sad backpack has all the items together so the book isn't protected.
I show the students both backpacks and encourage them to keep their books clean, safe, and dry.
This is my second year in the library after 18 years in the classroom. We spend a lot of time discussing how to take care of a book. We spend at least 3 weeks reviewing procedures and routines. I even have them draw themselves taking care of a book. We also discuss parts of a book and author/illustrator jobs. Hope this helps!
I will have over 700 K-2 students this year in 34 classrooms! I doubt I can do the book covers.
I have worked about 10 days so far this summer in the library "reading the shelves" for a current inventory. The previous LMS hasn't completed an inventory in 3 + years. There are over 10,000 books in the collection. I have my work cut out for me.
I am blessed in a couple of ways. She has 4 boxes of puppets I can use. She also has all the "library" books such as Wiggles, Shelf Elf, Genre Dude, etc. I just have to get time to preview them all before starting plans.
She also left her lesson plans from last year. However, the principal wants mine on 1 page for a week (word document). The previous LMS used 3 pages per week. She also gave me a wiki site full of lesson plans and ideas. I will post the link when I find it.