I haven't blogged in long time and truth be told, I haven't been reading my usual amount of YA literature either. What's going on? How on earth am I busier than normal? After 9 years of teacher librarianship, you would think I would streamlining it all a bit better. I'm not and it's all because of the project planning. And I couldn't be happier.
Since spring break, I have been inundated with requests to collaborate on new projects as a result of the new curriculum that we are implementing this September. With a term left in the school year, a lot of teachers decided to try out a bit of the new curriculum and see what projects they could come with. It has been very exciting for me - I have new topics to explore and design PBL projects for. The downside is that: PBL projects take a lot of time to create and I need to find, borrow, purchase resources to support the new curriculum projects. It's been a whirlwind of activity in the library, that's for sure.
The other element that put me a little of kilter is that I have had a couple of teachers approach me about collaborating that I have never collaborated with before. Collaboration is a lot of work and is based on trust. With teachers I have collaborated with multiple times before, the process is pretty straightforward. We each know what to expect. When collaborating with someone new, it's more of a delicate dance as we figure out each other's style and approach to teaching and learning. As a result, a lot more conversations occur to ensure that we are understanding each other and creating the fabulous project we both envisioned.
I love collaborating with teachers and coming up with projects that I know are gems. And I'm looking forward to working with the new curriculum and designing engaging projects, but what excites me more are those new teachers coming to realize what a teacher librarian does and how important the library program is.