It is hard to remember my young adult reading experiences at age 59 other than those that I read for high school and college classes. The Great Gatsby, Madame Bovary, Winesbury Ohio, A Good Man is Hard to Find, A Curtain of Green, Kristin Lavransdatter, Tristan and Iseult, and Le Petit Prince were my most memorable reads. I chose Le Petit Prince as my journey book because during my teaching career I have often told students that they are unique in all the world. In my own relationships, I have realized that the time that I spend caring for a loved one makes them more dear to me. Sometimes when I garden, I feel I am fighting a losing battle like Le Petit Prince against my own version of baobab trees.
I have been a high school media coordinator since 1995, I earned my NBPT certification in 2003. My work has greatly changed with increased technology in schools. I started with one computer with dial up internet (gopher menus) in the library and now we have wireless in all our buildings. I have gone from being amazed by Netscape to being amazed by my ipad. I have witnessed a sea change in relationships to the printed word and I fear that books and libraries are no longer seen as necessities in schools. With budget cutbacks, funds to purchase new books are limited and the media coordinator often does the technology support and technology professional development.
I feel that I am weakest in the area of Young Adult Literature. Many well known Young Adult authors are from the 1970’s – a time that is ancient history to today’s teens.
I have had the opportunity in the last year to attend training through the Friday Institute on one to one computing and to learn from some remarkable digital divas in the library world. I have spent the last year working on learning many of the Web 2.0 tools in use by schools with one to one programs. Last year and this year I am using a wiki with my library science students to organize and conduct my classes as one to one classes. I have my students test out web 2.0 tools and then they become like yeast in making bread when they use the web 2.0 tools in their other classes. I call my students my secret weapon to spread technology throughout the school.
Goals for this Course
I want to grow professionally by being a part of this community of learners. Common Core is a reality for schools this year. I would like to be able to support our teachers and students.
I hope to read more Young Adult Literature and to be able to discuss these books with my book club members. I hope the connections with the Eva Perry Book Club will give us some new ideas for our club.
I want to continue to explore and share Web 2.0 tools with my students and faculty. I am excited about many of the new to me tools on the personal learning space page.
I have learned to use a # in twitter, how to use a voice thread, and now how to use wordpress. I have been lost wandering around the wiki, trying to find the assignments and I have my doubts that I will be able to keep up with the members of this class taking this class for credit. I appreciate being able to sit in on this class and I look forward to learning from the members of this class. I will be working on renewing my National Boards after September 1st so I hope you will understand my lapses.