By: Desiree McConnell
Where did the summer go? That is the question I keep asking myself as I get ready to head back to school Monday. I suspect that many of you are asking yourselves the same question.
As I prepare for the coming year the need to set goals has been top on my priority list. The division I really want to focus on this year is our Middle School division. I am focusing on that division because they are the ones that I see the least. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your perspective, we have a fixed schedule for Lower School. Having a set schedule for our Lower School is good due to the fact we actually see the kids on a regular basis. However, it is “bad “since the time we see them is so limited. Within the limited amount of time we have them it is difficult to teach a lesson and allow sufficient time for students to check out books. All of that being said the following are my goals for the year. I am only listing 5 as I think that is a realistic goal for me.
1.) Increased collaboration with Middle School teachers: Spend more time in their classrooms working with them.
2.) Use Aurasma to highlight and introduce new titles
3.) Purchase more Graphic Novels
4.) Teach a class or classes using at least one new piece of technology or App (not including Aurasma)
5.) Start a lunchtime book club
What are your goals for the coming school year?
Thank you for reminding me to think about this before school gets started. For me, this year’s emphasis will be on marketing–to students, faculty, parents, alumni, and our community. I want to focus a little more on our social media, but also find ways to make sure everyone knows about our program, resources, and services. Regarding our resources, I want there to be more of a dialogue with our patrons — surveys and social media may help us with this. In my teaching, I want to use more short video introductions, and I want to map our citation curriculum–a project I started a couple years ago and didn’t get very far with. Now I have to come up with a coherent plan to make all that happen. Good luck with your goals!
Thank you Jo! Good luck to you as well. Yes, now to figure out how to make our goals a reality. I have some ideas, but decided to wait to see what new challenges and goals the administration hands us when we arrive. 🙂