"If you build it, they will come." - Field of Dreams
You've designed a nurturing learning environment, and have developed a dynamic library program, but you still haven't been able to connect with some of your colleagues. Most likely you've been told that these teachers don't have the time, but it could be that they aren't ready to leave their comfort zone. When I was a middle school librarian, I was fortunate that our school had study hall periods, and most 6th graders had study halls built into their schedules. This gave me the opportunity to work with students who wanted to visit the library on their own time. With a flexible middle school schedule, library visitations were with by student choice or scheduled by classroom teachers.
Each kit included a Flipgrid QR code so the students could record their reflections while using the hands-on activity and/or reading the book. In this way, many more students and their teachers learned about the library program and the other activities we had to offer. Here are some suggestions for creating your own interactive mobile STEAM and literacy kits:
Remember...if you build it, they might not come. So, go out to them!
As a child I hated reading logs. It was a nuisance to interrupt the "flow" of reading by writing down answers to prescribed questions. Did my teachers even know if I finished reading these books? Ever couple of weeks we submitted another index card with basic information including title, author, main characters, setting, conflict, resolution, climax, theme, plot, and opinion of the book. Back then we didn't have the internet to copy from, but we did have our friends who could give us the Cliff Notes versions of books. A few favorite books and authors stand out in my mind, but the index cards couldn't capture my true feelings about what I had read (or didn't read).
Kristina A. Holzweiss
Ed Tech School Librarian