I am just busting with inspiration right now! I have three big projects to complete in this three day weekend. I'm collaborating with several teachers, and I have some projects of my own to grow my new library program. At first I was going to post about a few great articles I've read this week that have inspired me, but I came across this post from a year ago, that I just re-read. It's required re-reading for all Teacher Librarians, IMHO:
My favorite parts are
"It's okay to be BETA, Train Thyself, and You Can't Punch this Clock"
Anyone who knows me, knows that I have always told librarians who were struggling with learning the enormous amount of new tools out there to just start. Start learning on your own - one at a time. If you want to be indispensable to your school, do it. Begin with tools and technology that your students can use on current projects they already do to make them better. Then move on to learning tools that you can see will help with newer more authentic, creative projects. Pick things that make your teacher's lives easier AND that make student learning better - that's always a great way to help.
Sometimes when you read something great, you're not in the position to act on it. I wasn't in a position to act as fierce as my insides wanted to at this time last year. But now, I am. I will go forth and be fierce!
You should too! Thanks Joyce for articulating in detail how I felt but couldn't put into words.