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What is a k-8 library like?
Old 08-17-2016, 06:01 PM
 
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I have always been interested in K-8, but there are not any schools with this format in my area. I have taught and enjoyed elementary and also done middle school which I love. I am looking at relocating to a variety of areas and researching schools I noticed at least one place has a combo of k-8 schools as well as traditional middle and elementary schools.

What is k-8 like? How is the balance between elementary classes and check out and activities with your middle schoolers? Does the wide range of materials make it tricky to get a good collection for each level? Is is an ideal bit of everything?

In an ideal world I would imagine that less than half the time would be teaching elementary in a specials rotation, maybe 1/3 of the time, another 1/3 of the time would be dedicated to middle school classes and their check out/research, and another 1/3 would flex for whatever is needed and management. In my awful scenario I imagine that 3/4 of the time is a specials rotation, I have to somehow cram all the middle school stuff into the rest, but am also given lunch/recess supervision so there is not really time for flex or management...

Anyone with experience?


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It's a lot
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I was a classroom teacher for 11 years before becoming my school's LMS. My school was K-8 450 kids and I serviced another school K-8 450 bilingual school. Thankfully, they both had bridges that fed into one library. I only did it for two years. I've taught the K-8 range in the classroom, which definitely made lesson planning easier and knowing where they were developmentally for lessons/books. However, the scope and range of books/ assignments was too great for me.

I had 33 classes a week on a fixed schedule. The first year I had no media aide. The second year they got me a part time aide and she taught 4 of the classes to lessen the burden on me. But that was also to get more classes in the media center. So, at times we both had classes on opposite sides of the library.

Maintaining the collection was brutal. I had to make sure that the little ones (K-5) never got the middle school books. I started color coding them because my media wasn't too sure which ones they could and couldn't check out. I would go from teaching copyright laws. plagiarism, etc. to researching an animal on PebbleGo. I never felt like my lessons were quality enough because I was all over the place.

I am now in a PK-5 school (one school) and I am much happy. My lessons are scaffolding by grade level and it just makes so much more sense.
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Ouch, 33 a week is too many! I have done both elementary and middle. I do enjoy both, but prefer middle. However, I have always wondered if I would like a K-8.
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