Wow! Time surely does fly, especially when you’re having fun! I just completed track four of Cool Tools, and, honestly, I can say that I learned JUST AS MUCH during this track as I have in the past three. EVERY SINGLE TIME I finish my “things,” I instantaneously get a feeling of “dread” in the pit of my stomach, not because of my fear of the work that’s being evaluated, but because of the feeling of finality that comes alongside. It’s like the feeling that we all get when we finish the final book of a series, the one where we KNOW we won’t get to be with the characters EVER AGAIN. It’s a sad feeling, really.
That being said, during THIS track, I learned about things that I never really stopped to give much thought to, even though they were important to the livelihood of being a librarian. Advocacy, annual reports, evidence based practice, and that’s only naming a few! EVERY piece of the librarian puzzle matters, whether it’s one that’s dedicated to ordering, and which vendor suits your library best, or the one that gives you the strength to physically CLOSE AND LOCK the library door so that you, too, can get an uninterrupted forty-two minutes for lunch and rejuvenation.
So. Having said all that, I discovered that there were a “few” things that I’m going to change for this next go-’round with Cool Tools for Schools. I mentioned in passing to a fellow librarian in my district about the course, and she DEMANDED that I tell her about it this next time, so that she can enroll in it as well. Having a fellow librarian going through the course with me, I think, will be a big help. While I do enjoy working through all of the “things” on my own (thanks to being an only child with a DEFINITE Type A personality, solo work is my group of choice), it’s also nice to have someone to bounce ideas off of, and to discuss the findings of a particular article or piece of technology, especially when it’s a fellow librarian, NOT a classroom teacher who has TOTALLY different ideas about the placement of something within a classroom that’s NOT a library. So for next time, I definitely want a pal to join in with me!
WITHOUT A DOUBT, I would definitely “do” this program all over again. Just like last year at this time, I recognize that my ONE AND ONLY PROBLEM is my vice of procrastination. I always think to myself, OH, I CAN WRITE UP FOUR BLOG POSTS TOMORROW, NO BIG DEAL, and then get to tomorrow, start reading through a particular “thing,” and discover that not only can I NOT write four blog entries, I’m muddling through an article that is giving me a mini-stroke because of something that comes up while I’m reading or working on it, so DEARLORDINHEAVEN WHY DID I SIGN UP TO DO THIS AGAIN? Kids, DO YOUR ASSIGNMENTS according to a better timeline than mine. Consider this a friendly PSA…DON’T BE LIKE ROCKSTARSCHOOLLIBRARIAN!
Polly, thank you for your time and dedication to online learning. An even bigger THANK YOU for your willingness to help ME when my district was adamantly refusing to grant me the credit for the course. You are TOP NOTCH, A-NUMBER ONE, and I will ALWAYS be your cheerleader, no matter when, where, or for what!