We started our shelter in place almost a month ago now. In my blog we started this season of life by talking about your Confidence vs Courage, moved on to a little goal setting and routines, and just last week talked about finding the silver linings amidst all this.
I truly believe you have stepped out both confidently and courageously. You are doing the best you can and are actually accomplishing quite a lot! I'm so proud of you! You may feel a little disorganized, but you are making progress and helping your students, teachers, admin team, and even parents!
Let’s work on organizing what you are doing - kind of combining the goal setting and silver linings together. But, let’s throw in a little bit of our national professional organization into the mix. Have you thought at all about the AASL Standards and how they fit in with what you are doing during this emergency remote learning time period? By the way, have you ever noticed the Shared Foundations spell out ice (2x)? Just think of Vanilla Ice’s song Ice, Ice Baby and you’ll always remember it!
As you begin laying out your goals for next week, start adding them under the Shared Foundation they belong to. For example, if your admin has asked you to gather a list of storytelling sites for teachers to share with families to access on-demand, then you could add that under the Curate column. “Make meaning for oneself and others by collecting, organizing, and sharing resources of personal relevance.”
If you’re going the extra mile on this particular goal, you could also place it under the Shared Foundation Explore because you’re planning to guide your teachers to “Demonstrate safe, legal, and ethical creating and sharing of knowledge products independently while engaging in a community of practice and an interconnected world.” Do they know about the SLJ article that lists publishers’ requirements for reading their stories online?
And finally, do a little reflection at the end of next week. Identify the silver linings that happened because of all the time you invested in meting your weekly goals. Did you get a message from a parent thanking you for the story times? Did a teacher email and thank you for making them aware of copyright concerns with providing online story items?
Hopefully, those silver linings will give you a little boost going into the weekend. Keep reflecting. Is your work more focused on one of the Shared Standards? If so, is that a good thing or something you want to work on? It may be perfectly fine. I just want you to reflect.
Have a wonderful week! Shoot me an email! I’d love to hear about your goal setting and silver linings.
Grab a cup of your favorite beverage this weekend and listen to this week's podcast. Present Your Authentic, Imperfect Self: with Allison Mackley, a school librarian in Pennsylvania. She will challenge your thinking and your professional growth! https://www.laurasheneman.com/post/present-your-authentic-imperfect-self-with-allison-mackley
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