Monthly Archives: September 2010

We’re only 3 weeks into the school year?

True to my expectations, I’ve been absent from my blog, and I miss it dearly.  The new school year has been very busy.  Our library circulation statistics for the first two weeks of school was double what we had last year, we’ve had an increased number of teachers wanting to use the library, which has been overwhelming but so very awesome.  Even my student aides are great!

A lot of people have been on edge this year, though.  We have a new principal, new assistant principal, a new performance review process, budget cuts, lower than predicted enrollment, and we didn’t make AYP last year.  The new principal has been one of our assistant principals for a few years, so he’s not new to the school, but his philosophies are different enough from our former (and much-loved) principal that many people are anxious.  Some people have already judged the new AP in a poor manner.  People are anxious about their jobs and the money available to assist them in doing their jobs due to the budget cuts and potential for more cuts due to low enrollment.

The new review process is centered around data and evidence.  I’m excited about the potential I see in it since my biggest frustration with education continues to be ineffective/lazy/burned out teachers.  But I already see/hear people trying to BS their way through it.  “Just tell me what to put down that will make them leave me alone,” said one poisonous teacher.  Another said at a meeting concerning the new process to focus on your best lessons and just don’t include other stuff.  This really irritated me because I think reflection is a big step missing in the process some teachers go through year after year.  I think the new review system is an excellent way to demonstrate reflection and adjustment based on student achievement, but many just seem to want to know what new song and dance routine to throw at the administration so they can keep doing the same old thing.

So, needless to say, it seems like, after the third week of school, many people are already tired, frustrated, and plumb wore out.  Whining seems to be constant; people are snappish and quick to take offense.

We are short one staff member in the library due to a family emergency, so the extra traffic has been juggled between just two of us.  I’ve come down with a cold this weekend and would love to take another day to rest up (I spent more of today asleep already) but I just don’t feel like now is a good time to be out.

Besides being sick and dealing with the work stress, things have been good.  I turned 35, we’re celebrating our 7 year wedding anniversary, and fall is coming.  I do miss my personal time.  I haven’t read a book since school started, even my magazine and internet reading has fallen terribly behind.  My DVR is filling up and I haven’t had time to catch up with many family and friends.  I feel very out of touch with the bigger world of libraries and YA lit and am really looking forward to the YALSA YA Literature Symposium for the chance to just immerse myself in it all.

I promise my  blog is not dead, just quiet.  I can’t wait to come back and share all the thoughts that keep tumbling through my head, needing an outlet.

P.S. Will I see any of you at the Symposium?


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Thursday Tidbits 9/9/2010

The beginning of school is always a whirlwind.  September and October are also always a busy time personally: my birthday, our anniversary, birthdays of my mom, dad, and sister, my favorite season, the Maryland Renaissance Festival, two other family wedding anniversaries…and someone else always seems to be getting married in the fall.  This year, it is my dear, imaginary friend Lisa, and I can’t wait for her wedding!

My blogging and reading have both been slow due to all my life happenings.  I look at what I have read over the past few months and the pile is way too low.  I’d love another snow-filled winter so I can hunker down and stick my nose in some books.

For now, a few things that MUST be shared:

  • I’ve linked to the trailer in the past, but now you can view the whole short film, “Mary Anne Goes to the Market” online.  Jason did an awesome job writing and acting in this, and you really must take 10 minutes to watch it.  Especially if you are having a bad day – it is a mood lifter!  I am so proud of our Whis-kid.
  • This past Friday morning, my husband and I had the local news on to see what Hurricane Earl was up to.  We were fortunate enough to be watching when the on-the-scene-weather-guy was joined on the beach by two guys that I can only assume are drunk as skunks.  A brief bit of comedy ensued and we laughed and laughed, rewinding it to watch it over again.  My husband wisely grabbed my phone and videoed the segment to save it for posterity on You Tube.  You must turn up your volume (because the two gentlemen announce their arrival before appearing on camera) and watch the first 30 seconds of “Hewwl Yeah!”

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