In 2001, my teaching career was put on hold as my twins were born in April. I decided not to return to teaching the next year in order to stay with my babies. The timing was good as changes in education were coming on strong and some of the changes were not necessarily for the best for the students or teachers. After working in various part time positions in educational settings, I came to the conclusion that when returning to full-time teaching, the classroom was no longer the place for me. I had always loved the library and was estatic when I found an online program which was charging in-state tuition; a place where I could "attend" classes in my pjs while taking care of my kids! I was able to complete my library hours at Clover High School and Bethel Elementary, where my children attended.
In 2009, the Clover School District was opening a new school, which left an opening in a library serving grades 3-5. I spent two years there until my mentor at Bethel decided to retire. I thought about the position, met with the principal and after many hours of weighing the pros and cons, I accepted the position. Many hours were spent weeding, moving books, cleaning and rearranging to personalize space. (In fact, I decided I better pay my children for all the help or risk being reported for child labor violations...LOL!) I felt like I truly went "home" where I belonged. And when the students returned in August, they came back to a new librarian, complete with a new learning commons.
So, to get to the question of "why blog?" I still believe my original philosophy of sometimes having to "trick" kids into learning. The great part of this is that today there are so many more "cards up my sleeve"; so many more methods to reach those students who do not wake up in the morning excited to go to school. There are also also many teachers, librarians, administrators and other educators doing many great things and sharing those great ideas. I wanted to be a part of that so I began reading blogs, searching webpages, attending webinars, and reaching out to see what was out there. So many people helped me realize that the library, the media center, the learning commons....whatever you call it...is a place in the building, but the facilitator leading that place is the one who must reach out to all the users: teachers, students, administrators and other librarians. I, as the facilitator, must pull out those cards, use them, and share them with all. So that is why I now blog!