It's finally summer, yet I keep finding myself thinking of things for next year. I guess it's normal when you're an educator to always having "school stuff" running in the back of your mind. So, here's what I've been thinking about attempting in the next school year:
Learning Commons Certification
Using the theme: "Level Up in the LLC" (I'm "officially switching the name from media center to library learning commons next year - that much I do know!). I was inspired by a cool poster I got last year from GaETC. You can see it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp9-VAfHAVD/ I'm thinking maybe the students (and maybe the teachers) can earn badges for makerspace activities. I still need to do some research on the whole badging thing. I'm a little nervous about it. Oh, and there's a Digital Citizenship certification program offered from my district through their Instructional Technology department that I'll probably add in as part of theme.
Expand on the Growth Mindset project that I started two years ago. I started it as the theme for the 2017-2018 school year and during the 2018-2019 school year I collaborated with the two guidance counselors to make it into a school wide program. In 2019-2020 we're going to expand it further to include teachers. We're working on a special faculty presentation for pre-planning.
Since I'm switching from "media center" to "library learning commons" I'll need to convert & update my school website. Currently it's www.cobblearning.net/gmmc but I've reserved the domain www.cobblearning.net/gmlibrary so I'm good to go - - I just need to get started.
Nearpod is a tool my district provides for us and I have a little experience with it. I want more and so I'm going to look at earning certification.
Discover Education Streaming is another valuable tool my district provides for us. There's now a certification option, so I'm going to look into that.
Newsela is one more resource from the district (I know I'm very fortunate!) and I just attending a session on it during the 2nd Annual CobbInTech conference. And guess what? There's a certification for it!
My "official" school goal will be to research/take classes/learn more about Library Learning Commons with the hope of earning Learning Commons Certification. The stuff I've planned to go with the "Level Up in the LLC" theme will go along as part of my goal.
So, what's next for you? Let me know!