Category: Personal Reflections

My Euroventure: Ireland & Scotland

My Euroventure: Ireland & Scotland
Posted June 26, 2017 / Personal Reflections

Hello all! Some of you may already know, but at the beginning of the month my husband and I set off on our Ireland & Scotland adventure. This is a trip that we have been talking about taking for the last 5 years, and we finally saved enough money to feel comfortable doing it! This was my first time leaving the US, so it was a trip I had been looking forward to taking for […]

2016 Reflections and 2017 Hopes

2016 Reflections and 2017 Hopes
Posted December 30, 2016 / Personal Reflections

2016 was… …a year of professional growth. I experimented as a new educator and created some unique (and needed) learning opportunities for my students.  I formed new professional friendships that have helped build me into a more conscientious, more aware, more creative educator. I took advantage of learning opportunities through conferences (I attended …a year where I was aware. I paid attention to the world. I intentionally listened to many voices. I stayed informed, I […]

Woodson’s Locomotion & the Catharsis of Writing

Woodson’s Locomotion & the Catharsis of Writing
Posted November 27, 2016 / Book Talks, Personal Reflections

Reflective writing is a powerful tool. That is what Jacqueline Woodson illustrates in this story. That personal need to express yourself. In this case, through writing poetry. As a high schooler, I wrote a lot of poetry. It was mostly bad. But I did fill many spiral notebooks with my emotions. It was a way to express myself, for better or for worse. In this book, Lonnie finds comfort in writing poetry. He experiments with form. […]

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Posted November 10, 2016 / Book Talks, Personal Reflections

I fell in love with Nicola Yoon’s lyrical writing style almost immediately when I picked up her first novel Everything Everything last year. There is something about the way she tells a story that is so familiar and yet so unique. So when I had the opportunity at the Penguin Random House booth at ALA this summer to choose any ARC I wanted, I immediately grabbed The Sun Is Also A Star because I knew I […]

What I Learned from My First Year in a School Library

What I Learned from My First Year in a School Library

“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” –Albert Einstein I spent two years learning about the ins and outs of being a school librarian. I read the text books. I listened to testimonials. I observed some of the greatest school librarians in the state. I interned at two schools. I followed all the education blogs. But nothing quite prepares you for your first day on […]

School’s Out For Summer

School’s Out For Summer
Posted June 1, 2016 / Blogging, Personal Reflections

Well, it is official: I have survived my first year in a school library! I experienced some stressful weeks and may have gotten a couple of bruises and gray hairs a long the way, but I came out okay! I will do a summary post in a couple of days highlighting my year. For now, I just wanted to write a quick post. Obviously, I haven’t been updating much over the last few months. My […]

2015 Reflections

2015 Reflections
Posted December 31, 2015 / Personal Reflections, Professional Learning

  How do you sum up 2015 in one word? I have been trying to choose a word and I am at a loss. So I will choose a couple of words instead. 2015 held for me a lot of busyness, a lot of stress, a lot of change, a lot of reflection, and a lot of accomplishment. Accomplishment. In 2015, I graduated from the University of Alabama with a Masters of Library and Information […]

This is Transition Week

This is Transition Week
Posted August 3, 2015 / Personal Reflections

So my last day as a part-time library assistant at a public library was yesterday. And today I turned in my paperwork for my full-time high school library media specialist position. This is CRAZY, but super exciting (and a little nerve-racking, too)! I am really excited to work in a school district who is dedicated to student success and has access to so much great technology. I am excited to help teachers integrate technology and […]