I created “Get into a good book” posters for my monthly AR winners. I calculated the AR points earned last year and compared that to AR points earned this year, and there was a 25% increase in AR pointes earned! I wanted to encourage the effort of reading and taking the tests, not the number of tests passed, hence the highest points earned wins the poster. So theoretically, if someone really wanted the poster, they could earn points by taking many tests without having to necessarily earn 100%. Like most librarians, I do agree that the best way to encourage lifelong reading is to allow students to choose their own reading material. In an ideal world, we would not have to incentivize reading, but at the very least, by reading for points, at least they are learning to read.
I have a “gallery” of posters for the year and it is gratifying to see kids look at them and ask me how they can get one. It gives me the opportunity to discuss Accelerated Reading with them. One winner told me her mother had the poster framed she liked it so much. I definitely plan on continuing next year.
Some more posters from my gallery…
Additionally, more and more students have asked me “how” I created the posters. I have done some individual tutorials, but I might work toward making it part of makerspace next year. As indicated in previous post, I plan to do cardboard challenge next year to kick off makerspace. I look forward to next year, when we are back in renovated building with new library space. I have been promised a chromecart, so I will finally be able to use so many of the cool tools I’ve learned in the last couple of years. (Storyboard that, more coding, tagxedo etc.)
Although I didn’t do a Cool Tools coding thing this year, I did continue to introduce it in library. Many teachers had tried it once long ago and were happy to have it reintroduced. It continues to be an excellent end of year activity.
I have one student who is visually very impaired and I had introduced her to Bookshare. Unfortunately, the student never used it, but I met her mom who was very eager to help her daughter read more at home, so hopefully they will use Bookshare over the summer.
I used the green screen also for making Earth Day videos of kids in front of a garbage dump. Unfortunately, my co-director put all the footage into one file and consequently it was much too large to upload. Next year, smaller files.
Cool tools is always worthwhile for me but sometimes it takes me a while to figure out how to logistically integrate it into my library classes. Next year, when I am settled in my new library with my new chromecarts, I hope to report back with a tech-filled schoolyear.