March 6, 2011

Grad school reflections: Week 8 of my final semester

This week was a lot less crazy than the previous 2 weeks were. Things are winding down a bit and spring break is rapidly approaching. I'm caught up on assignments for once! And I got a few more letters from my fiancee, so that kept my spirits up. It sounds like he's starting to like boot camp. :) Here's how classes went this week: 

Youth Services: We were supposed to have a guest speaker come in (a high school media specialist) and talk to us about booktalking, but he had to cancel for personal reasons. We did spend some time talking about motivational tools like story time, booktalking, and reader's theatre. Some brave students volunteered to do a reader's theatre of Sarah, Plain and Tall as an example. I'm trying to decide which motivational tool I want to do for my future assignment...I'm thinking reader's theatre could be fun. Our assignment for this week was to create a bibliography of programming tools for an age group of our choice. I chose teens, and I had fun compiling a list of books, journals, and websites created to help librarians plan programs for teens. (If you want a copy of it, comment with your email address.) Next week we are visiting another public library on a field trip. They have an awesome YA area, so I'm really excited to go explore it! 

Electronic Materials for Children and Young Adults: This week we focused on creativity tools for children and teens in the form of software, apps, or online tools. For my assignment I created some puzzles using Discovery Education's Puzzlemaker. I would have rather downloaded some iPad apps, but I don't have one yet. Soon I'll be the proud owner of an iPad 2! My awesome parents are getting me one for a graduation present. 

Adult Readers Advisory: This week we broke into small groups and discussed the short story "In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried" by Amy Hempel. Then we came back together and shared how our discussions went. We spent a lot of time talking about library book clubs/discussion groups and the best ways to facilitate a discussion. 

A good week overall! 


Chelle said...

I'd love a copy of your bibliography of programming tools for teens! Sounds really great! theprairielibrary (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!

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