Aw, honey

Sep. 22nd, 2012 11:31 am
checkers65477: (Beach)
Conversation with a student this week:

Me: ...so, if you want to put a reserve on a book, you just write the title and your name here, and we'll let you know when the book is ready for you to pick up.
Student:  *writes*
Student, looks up at me, eyebrow raised: You can read cursive, can't you?

I assured him that not only can I read cursive, I can actually write it, too.

F-list--can you???
checkers65477: (WTF Kitty)
My school is one year old.  It cost millions of dollars to build.

My school has been out of toilet paper since Monday. 

Had to bring in my own from home.

I am not making this up.
checkers65477: (LOL)
A few years ago I posted these two little gems--remarkable letters of apology created by students who were misbehaving in the library.  Every now and then I reread them and smile.

I Hope This Event Does Not Occur Again

Please Heed to This Letter

Today, I received an adorable new apology letter penned by a small boy caught running in the hall.  Sprinting, really.  There were 10 or so of them, and their teacher had them write letters.  Yay!

Carelessly Jumping on the Bandwagon of My Peers )

Sooo sweet.
checkers65477: (Default)
Did y'all watch Glee this week--the part where the AV Club president girl sneezes on Principal Figgins, and you see the sneeze in slo-mo?

Well, that sort of happened to me today.

Twice.

First, I had just bent over to point to something in a student's book, and he went "coughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcough" on me.  I am not kidding. 

Then later, there was a kid who normally is a sweetheart.  He came in to do research with this look on his face, sat down and would not do a single thing.  I asked what was wrong, but he wouldn't talk to me.  I cajoled him into doing a little, and when he came in later to check out a book, I leaned in close and whispered, "so, what was the deal with social studies class?  What was wrong?"  And he replied, "well, I have a REALLY sore throat and I feel terrible."

*headdesk*

Also, this today:

child:  *sits and stares at questions he's supposed to be answering*
me:  Ok, time to get to work!
child: *rolls eyes* I'm using my prior knowledge!

Allllllllso, these are pretty hilarious for library school humor:

Library School: Hurts So Good

and

Library School: Get Swingin'


Happy Thanksgiving, all!  I'm off to make pies!
checkers65477: (Evil)
Peter:  See, this is why some books need footnotes!

*huggles book club*
checkers65477: (library science)
*school receptionist calls on phone*
Receptionist:  Is Ms. N's class in there?
Me:  Yes.
Receptionist:  Could you have her send Chad to the office for a minute?
Me:  Sure.
Me:  Ms. N, where's Chad?  He needs to go the the office.
Ms. N: Bouncing off the walls somewhere.  Chad--you need to go to the office.
Chad: My pill is here!  *bounces off*
Ms. N: Thank you, sweet Jesus.
checkers65477: (LOL)
The seventh graders are researching genetic disorders.

7th Grade girl:
I need to find out the treatment for hemophilia.
7th Grade boy: There's no treatment for colorblindness. That really bums me out because I'm colorblind.
Me: Well, at least it's not life-threatening like some of the other genetic disorders.
7th Grade boy: (hands on hips and giving me a stern look) I'll have you know I almost *failed* kindergarten!

Frost!

Dec. 7th, 2009 11:27 am
checkers65477: (Default)
And the most beautiful sunrise imaginable.

But no heat in the library today, alas.
checkers65477: (Default)
Played a fun game with a couple of classes on Friday.

I was able to place a good-sized book order recently and got all the lovely new fiction books ready to go. On Friday, a 7th grade class came in and sat in a circle. I gave each of them one of the new books. I had them talk about how they evaluate a book and what criteria they use to determine whether a book might be the right one for them. They came up with good answers--the cover, blurbs on the flyleaf and back, whether the author is one they're familiar with, whether the book is in a series they've read, the genre, how hard or easy the vocab seems, etc. All the same things adults do without thinking much about it.

Analysis and evaluation is an important skill at this age. It plays a much bigger part of their writing assignments and, in a lot of cases, thinking about it as a skill we all do is new to them. You'd be surprised how students's thinking changes about this age (12). Some of the 11-year-olds cannot understand that the hardback and pb of the same book (with different covers) are the same. I tell them that every word inside is the same, but they're just not buying it. It's weird how concretely some of them still think. At 12, on average, they become capable of doing a whole lot more.

ANYWAY, as jade would say, I told them they had 30 seconds to look at the book they were holding. At 30 seconds I said, "Switch" and they passed the book to the left. We continued switching books for 15 minutes until they'd looked at 30 books, then they got a chance to check out the ones they liked. It was pretty cool. You could have heard a pin drop while they were looking at the books. They seemed to really enjoy it. I wish they could have had longer than 30 seconds per book but we just didn't have any more time than that.

Ah, new books. How I love you.
checkers65477: (stabbity)
I want to play a game with my book club, and I need the names of really well-known characters from children's fantasy and sci fi books.   Ones that most of the kids will have heard of.  

So far I've come up with Frodo, Dumbledore, King Arthur, Hermione Granger, Artemis Fowl, Alex Rider, Merlin.  Who else who else???  I'd like to have both male and female characters and I'd prefer not to use generic fairy tale characters like Cinderella.  But some of these kids are only 11 and I'm not sure yet how well-read they are.

(I'll put the names on sticky labels and each kid will get one stuck to their backs.  They have to figure out who they are by asking other kids only yes or no questions.)

Thanks, everyone!
checkers65477: (Jimmy Eat World)
A couple of days ago a small 6th grader came to the library because he couldn't get his computer login to work.  I looked up his login info and told him what he was doing wrong, then we had this conversation:

Me:  Here's the correct login information.  Why don't you go ahead and try it now?
6th grader:  Ok.  *types in login and password info*

*waits*
*waits*
*waits*

Me:  C'mon computer.  C'mon baby.  You can do it.
6th grader:  *studies me for a moment*
6th grader:  C'mon computer.
Me:  C'MON BABY!  YOU CAN DO IT!  LOGIN!
6th grader:  *getting into it* YEAH!  C'MON!

*computer logs in*

6th Grader:  BOOYEAH!

And he holds his fist out...

TO FISTBUMP.  WITH THE LIBRARIAN. 

Sometimes it's just the smallest things.


Back at it

Aug. 26th, 2009 08:59 pm
checkers65477: (library science)
The start of the school year has been extra rocky because of budget cuts. Huge classes, extra duties, no money for purchases, and--very annoying--hardly any air conditioning. I've been put in charge of the school's technology, which is taking up all my time and I don't like dealing with all the problems. I want to do library stuff.

But now the kids are back and it's better. The book club kids came to say hello and clamor over when the club's going to start up and share what they've read over the summer. And the wittle sixth graders are so adorable. I try to stand in the hall between classes to help direct them and answer questions.

Wittle 6th grader: Is it time to go home yet?
(Answer: No, you have one more class. Sorry.)

Wittle 6th grader, after the dismissal bell: OH HELP DO I HAVE TIME TO GO TO THE BATHROOM BEFORE THE BUSES GET HERE?
(Answer: Yes, don't worry. Plenty of time.)

Very Wittle 6th grader, at the beginning of the very first day of middle school: I have no idea what I'm supposed to do here.
Me: Learn! Become educated!
VW6G: *glare*
Me: Ok, you're supposed to go to your first period class. C'mon, I'll show you.

checkers65477: (LOL)
Seventh grade classes came to the library today to research festivals celebrated in Asia, Africa and Australia.  I got them started on computers and directed them to certain websites, but told them it was ok to do searching on their own, too. 

After a while I went back to my desk for a minute, checked email, etc, and fired up the monitoring software so I could keep an eye on what they were doing.  Got an eyeful, too.
Read more... )



Their final project is a persuasive letter, written to the principal, explaining why their chosen festival would be an excellent addition to the school's International Day.   :)    Too bad the Hounen matsuri isn't on the list of approved festivals.  That would be one interesting letter.

Ass Kisser

Mar. 25th, 2009 07:13 pm
checkers65477: (feelings mask)
Because work kicked my ass today.

Photobucket

It's very good!
checkers65477: (Damn)
I should not even be allowed around children today.

book club

Mar. 8th, 2009 09:23 pm
checkers65477: (Bad Example)
I haven't mentioned enough times this year how much I love my book club kids. 

Read more... )

At the club meeting we were talking about what we should do between now and the end of the year.  They want to make up fantasy-book-related games and play them.  The suggestions got more and more elaborate and ridiculous until Peter shouted, "I know!  Let's play the Hunger Games!"  I had to convince them that playing a game to the death in the school library is probably not the best idea.  They were pretty enthusiastic, though.

checkers65477: (When In Trouble)
Working in a school isn't like working anywhere in the real world.  Schools do stupid things that businesses would never, ever allow.

On Tuesday we had a fire drill at school.  The fire alarm went off for 15 minutes or so, just to the point where I was inwardly saying oh god please make it stop.

An explanation.  I've always had very sensitive hearing.  Watching tv?  I'll probably leave the room.  Eating in a quiet room?  Every chew is audible, forks scraping on plates (eee!), the clock ticking.  If the oven is accidentally left on, I know because I can hear it, for heaven's sake.  You get the picture.

We came back in the building and there was an announcement that people were going to be testing the fire alarms.  They might go off occasionally, but we didn't need to evacuate.  Don't pay any attention to them, the assistant principal said.

Ha.

Three minutes later, the alarm went off.  Two minutes after that, the alarm went off.  A couple of minutes later, yeah, again.  And so on.  I started writing down the times when it went off.  The alarm on the wall is about 20 feet from where I sit and I jumped every time.

After an hour, I was edgy and mad.  After another hour of it I was extremely agitated.  At 11:00, I felt like I was going to jump out of my skin.  I'm not kidding.  I was raving at my coworkers by then, threatening to go to the office if we hit 50 alarms.  

The alarm went off 10 more times in the next 17 minutes.  FIFTY.  I marched to the office.

Me:  DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY TIMES THE FIRE ALARM HAS GONE OFF THIS MORNING?
Receptionist:  I know!  It's been pretty crazy.
Me:  NO, YOU DON'T KNOW.  YOU DON'T KNOW BECAUSE YOU HAVEN'T BEEN COUNTING.  BUT I HAVE.  THE ALARM HAS GONE OFF FIFTY TIMES SINCE 8:35.  FIFTY.  TIMES.
Receptionist:  Really?  That's a lot.  It's really annoying.
ME:  ANNOYING?  IT'S RIDICULOUS.  IT'S ABSURD.  AM I TALKING REALLY REALLY LOUDLY?  BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE I AM.  BUT I CAN'T EXPRESS HOW THIS IS MAKING ME FEEL.  I'M LOSING IT, HERE.

By now she was edging away from me, a nervous look in her eye.  The principal came out of her office.  Did I mention that we have a brand new principal?

Brand New Principal:  Is everything alright?
Me:  NO.  NO, EVERYTHING IS NOT ALRIGHT.  WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH THE FIRE ALARM?
BNP:  They have to test every one in the building.
Me:  DURING THE SCHOOL DAY?  OH REALLY?
BNP:  You don't look so good.  Are you ok?

So I went balistic in the office, with the principal wondering, I'm sure, just what kind of a lunatic she had working in the library.

BNP:  Where is J (assistant principal)?
Receptionist:  He's in his office with the door shut.  He said he couldn't stand it anymore.

The fire alarm didn't go off any more that day.  I'm not sure if my gibbering fit had anything to do with it, or if they found the assitant principal curled in a ball under his desk, or if they just happened to be finished.  But later, a guy from the alarm company came into the library.  He was, oh, maybe 12.

Me:  I NEED TO TALK TO YOUR BOSS.
Alarm boy:  I am the boss.
Me:  OK, I NEED TO TALK TO YOU THEN.
Alarm boy:  Um, I have to go take care of something...
Me:  YOU'D BETTER COME BACK HERE, JUNIOR.  WE NEED TO HAVE A DISCUSSION.

I never saw him again.

Within an hour or so I'd started to feel better.  By late afternoon I was back to normal but I think people are still talking about my "episode".   Moral is, if you ever want to torture me--and you probably will--loud sounds will do it.




gah II

Jan. 5th, 2009 03:38 pm
checkers65477: (Damn)
This afternoon:

Coworker:  Don't walk down by the cafeteria.
Me:  Why?
Coworker:  Evidently, some kid left his lunch in his locker over the two-week break. 
Me:  Ick, I bet that smells pretty bad.
Coworker:  Oh, that's not all.  When another kid smelled it, he threw up in the hall.  So yeah, don't walk down by the cafeteria if you don't have to.
Me:  *hides under desk*

gah

Jan. 4th, 2009 11:10 pm
checkers65477: (Damn)
Back to work in eight hours and seventeen minutes.  But, who's counting?

 Edited to add:
 

6:55 am.  Pitch dark?  Really? 
checkers65477: (English)

A colleague at school had a family member pass away suddenly this week.  The funeral was today.  All the teachers who worked closely with her wanted to go to the funeral, so those of us who were free at that time were asked to cover their classes.  I had been scheduled to do booktalks for a class, but that teacher was going, too, so I offered to cover her classes. 

 

The rest... )

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