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Ralph Chandler MS Library Report August/September 2018

library mission and goals

At Ralph Chandler Middle School Library, our goal is to ensure that learners leave here as competent, critical, and ethical users and producers of ideas and information. It is our mission to prepare lifelong learners; information literate young people able to determine their information needs, recognize and utilize relevant and credible resources, all while evolving into impassioned readers. We seek to underscore the profile of a South Carolina graduate by encouraging students to be creative, innovative, collaborative, self-directed critical thinkers, who become adept at problem solving and who attain a global perspective.

CIRCULATION STATISTICS

A significant portion of the circulation statistics reflect dispersal of Chromebooks/Chromebook chargers at the beginning of the school year.

INDIVIDUAL AND CLASS VISITS

8/27-29 - Chromebook/Chromebook chargers distributed to 6th, 7th, 8th grades.

9/4 - McDougal (Periods 1,2,5,6) - 7th Grade Orientation

9/5 - Bradley (Periods 1,2,5,6) - 7th Grade Orientation

9/6 - Barnes (Periods 1,5) - 7th Grade Orientation

9/12 - Byce (Periods 1,4,5,7) - 6th Grade Orientation

9/14 - 8th Grade Book Club Checkouts

9/17 - Johnson (Periods 1,4,5,7) - 6th Grade Orientation

9/19 - Stills (Periods 1,4,5,7) - NoodleTools Accounts/Tutorials

9/24 - Penninger (Periods 1,4,5,7) - NoodleTools Accounts/Tutorials

9/24 - 6th Grade (1,4,5,7) - Book Fair Visit

9/25 - 7th Grade (1,2,5,6) - Book Fair Visit

9/26 - 8th Grade (2,3,6,7) - Book Fair Visit

COLLABORATION

The main collaboration in September was the teaching of NoodleTools in preparation for the 6th grade Egypt Research Project. The expecation of citing resources in MLA format beginning in the 6th grade at RCMS, starts students off on the right foot for the rest of their academic career, including higher education. We also collaborated with 8th grade teachers in helping to select literature for their 8th grade book clubs. 6th and 7th grade teachers collaborated with us in the acquisition of audio and ebook options for their class reading as well. Baby steps were taken with the 6th grade science teachers to employ Makerspace items such as littleBits and Snap Circuits as a library station for the study of circuitry.

EVENTS/ACTIVITIES/PROGRAMS

August 27-29 - Chromebook rollout for 6th, 7th, 8th grades.

September - Orientation for 6th and 7th grades.

September 24-28 - Fall Book Fair

September 24-28 - Banned Books Week - Speak Out - Flipgrid Activity

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

8/6 - Walton - Greenville County Public Library - Workshop

8/15 - Walton - Greenville County Schools Media Specialist BOY Meeting/PD

9/4 - Walton - Data Dig PD

9/6 - Cornish - Webmaster Training - Accessibility

9/12 - Walton - Data Dig - Faculty Meeting

9/20 - Cornish - Greenville County Schools - Fixed Asset Training

9/21 - Walton - Nearpod - Getting Started with Nearpod

9/21 - Walton - Nearpod - Advanced Techniques in Nearpod

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

We are using Nearpod for our Common Sense Media digital citizenship lessons for the first part of our new lab times.

8/31 - 6th Grade - Digital Life 101/ 7th Grade - My Media/ 8th Grade - Trillion Dollar Footprint

9/14 - 6th Grade - Strategic Searching/ 7th Grade - A Creator's Responsibilities/ 8th Grade - Identifying High Quality Sites

9/28 - 6th Grade - Scams and Schemes/ 7th Grade - Safe Online Talk/ 8th Grade - Reality of Digital Drama

MAKERSPACE

Our Makerspace this year is employing a lesson-based approach. We rotate Makerspace tools with the goal of having students advance beyond just play but also creation and application of new knowledge, also of seeing parallels with content area instruction.

9/4-7 and 9/10-14 - Duct Tape Wallets/Keychains/Origami

9/10 - TED Talk - Jia Jiang: What I Learned from 100 Days of Rejection

9/17-21 - Cubelets Robotic Cubes

SUMMARY PAGE

This was a super busy couple of months. We have enjoyed getting everything up and running. Returning Chromebooks to students for the first time so that students received the same one that they had the year before was an adventure. This was done for the first time, and so it was a major learning experience for us. It went very well overall. We received an enormous amount of help from Ms. Strickland, as well as office staff, including Ms. Ivie, Ms. Trotter, Ms. Martin, Ms. Miller, Ms. Davidson and also Ms. Evanson-Atkinson and all the teachers who receipted money and led lessons in how to care for student Chromebooks. The Social Studies teachers were the bomb for helping us distribute them during their classes. What a great team effort! Orientations and renewing NoodleTools accounts went fabulously! We are also thrilled with the new sign-up system for the library via Google Docs. We have had 43 students on consistent days, while our average overall has been around 25 students, and a flood of students when the release bell rings. Book Fair put a dent in how many we could take, but we expect the numbers to rise as the month progresses! We look forward to Teen Read Week during October 7 - 13, Read Up Greenville on October 20, a faculty party for Fall, a special breakfast for Summer Reading students, our first Bagels and Books book talks, and our first meeting of the student book club before school. More to Come!

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Candace Walton
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Candace Walton and Suzette Cornish

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