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Old 08-27-2013, 06:09 PM
 
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Hi! I just accepted a position at a middle school in an urban district. I worked in this district at the elementary level but was laid off last year. Middle school is not my comfort level or expertise so I'm just curious if there are any middle school librarians on this site that can ease me fears! I'm just wondering how to start the year. I want to do orientations for each grade (grades 7+8) but I'm hesitant as this is such a large school!! Also, I am wondering how to collaborate with teachers...I need a system to keep it organized. Behavior issues is another worry! I was called back only a week ago so I am really not prepared! Just wondering about the level and any key things that would help! Thanks!!


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I moved to MS after many years at the elementary level. here's a real short version of what I do|
* Behavior, my expectations for behavior in the library are the same as any classroom teachers, as I am also a teacher, the library my classroom.
*beginning of the year orientation for all students. A refresher of how to use the OPAC and other library tools should be done, think summer slump
*tour of the library
*Any new activities you will be doing.
* Do you best to attend grade level meetings, I can't do to scheduling so I ask that somebody send me a copy of any notes taken.
* Any lessons I so in the library I tie in with what's going on in the classroom, so when we learn how to use a database, I use topics the teacher is covering in the classroom. For example, the SS teachers were teaching Middle East countries, the classes used databases to find up to date info.
* As teachers become more comfortable with CC, you will probably do more research with the students.
I do lessons on:
Dewey Decimal system ( also as a hook to expand their reading choices)
databases
On line encyclopedia
Almanacs and other reference books
website evaluation
Book talks
Research projects with the subject teachers
Genre
And much more
I teach 6,7 and 8, so lessons do vary by grade

Let me know what else you need.

BTW, I love my MS students, hormones and all!

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Wow, thank you so much Blcw! Great information! I've been super busy organizing the library and getting everything in place. I'm doing orientations next week and I'm so excited. I'm just going to go over the basics because I have to give a pre-test on their library knowledge the week after and I want them to know NOTHING! Darn APPR... Once that pre-test is out of the way I can focus on instruction and really teaching students how to use the library resources. I think I'm going to like Middle School! It's such a change in pace, I actually feel like the teachers WANT library instruction! Thank you again for the advice and I'm glad to hear from someone with a similar history!

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