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Old 09-10-2012, 11:42 AM
 
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* if your principal wants a fixed or flexible schedule. On a fixed schedule, you will need lesson plans, etc. while a flexible schedule will depend on what the teacher wants. Look at the teachers' courses of study to see what you can help them with through library lessons. Make sure your older classes have at least a scheduled time to check out and renew books if not lessons.
*if teachers want your help, and then collaborate with them. You may have to really encourage this, but they will get use to your help and advice and begin seeking it.
* if students may serve as assistants in the library and get their help. 7th and 8th graders can run your circulation and shelve your books. They can also vacuum, sweep, dust, change bulletin boards, etc. etc. etc.
* look at the previous librarian's schedule. Don't ask the teachers what they want--they mostly want a free period-- :-)--instead, work out what is best for you and the kids unless it has already been set for you. You don't have to do what the previous librarian did, but tread softly, I've seen people lose jobs because they didn't "carry on" like "Mrs. Bookkeeper" or made negative comments about a beloved school figure. It is your room; you make the decisions; base them on what's best for the kids.
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