After sitting for hours in a hard wooden chair at in-service training this week, I heard something that really woke me up (not literally---I really was awake). A speaker made this statement to us.
Whether you like it or not, whether you realize it or not, your classroom is your co-teacher. Parents will meet this co-teacher at open house. This co-teacher will be with you every day of the year.
What is your co-teacher teaching your students?
Hmmm...I would say that this applies even more to us as librarians. Because we have our students for a limited time each week, we need our "co-teacher" to work EVEN HARDER for us. Right?
As I prepare for Open House on Friday, and the start of school next week, I'm pondering this statement. I'm wondering how I can help my library space, my co-teacher, to be more effective.
I know that I use my library centers to teach for me, even when I'm in the computer lab or a classroom. Those centers are providing students with practice in skills that I or their teachers have taught them.
But, as I staple up the borders on my bulletin boards, I'll be asking myself how I can make my co-teacher work harder.
What do YOU think? How do you make your library space teach for YOU?