In the last couple of months, there have been some pretty different things happening in my life- and it seems it’s all for the better. I’ve started a new job as an instructional assistant in a junior high school classroom. I really love it. There are many interesting things happening there- as well as many challenges presented regularly.
The day I got hired, I was given a tour of the campus by the assistant principal- and I was really excited to see the school library. There are quite a few books in there, but they all seem outdated. Pretty much every book I touched had dust on it… or looked like it was from 20 years ago…
But hey! At least they have a library! I’m sure there are some school’s that don’t… right? Okay, maybe it’s not THAT bad… I just hoped for more- and more current titles for the kids to read. Especially since I’ve seen another junior high school’s library and it was pretty impressive.
Since I’m helping a teacher in the classroom all day every day, it’s partly my job to research content to help make lessons more interesting. I actually don’t know that it’s literally part of my job to do that, but I want to make learning as fun as possible. Plus, I’ve been teaching them Spelling and Science all by myself since the first day of school…and I found out quickly that it’s hard to get the attention of 14 students and keep their interest… so I’ve used the public library for help.
I search for books related to whatever topic we are discussing for class (various under the sea stuff for science) to bring in to add something to the lesson- I also search Pinterest for creative science related projects…
I do plan to use it next time our class gets a reward movie day (for good behavior, doing assignments on time, etc) to rent a rated G movie.
I’m wondering if I could be doing more to enhance my lessons using the library. I’m sure there are many ways I haven’t discovered yet.