After a weekend of moving into a new apartment, I’m ready to go head-first to finish the school year. Today was an exception to the schedule. We had a half-day department meeting, then went on a field trip to the Fayetteville Free Library.
Usually, we have a one-hour department meeting once a month, but nothing seems to become accomplished in that short time. With the half-day, it was nice to collaborate and have real discussions about SLOs, database orders for 2014-15, recap of storytelling, social networking in the library, programs for next year and so much more.
At the FFL, we received a tour of the library, specifically the makerspaces the library offers to patrons. We are implementing makerspaces in September 2014 in our libraries, and we gathered so many ideas to implement.
One I liked included a story wall. You take a huge piece of paper and start a story. Each person adds a part to the story on the wall. I love how this activity includes creative-writing and thinking skills.
After so much testing, proctoring and end-of-the year assessments, it was rejuvenating to communicate and collaborate with my colleagues today. This day gave me the optimism to finish the year strong and to prepare for next year.