That said, I'm exhausted. And school hasn't even started yet. And there are still so many, many more boxes to open. I don't want to see another box in my life and yet I know I still have probably the rest of the year of opening boxes, building furniture, ordering library essentials, receiving merchandise, etc.
But even though the new library and the organization of it all is coming together beautifully at the cost of me being deliriously tired right now I'm still loving this process, every bit of it! I am so glad I bit the bullet and took the chance to take this on.
So now the emotions I'm running through are happy and tired. BUT we mustn't forget I'm still very nervous and freaked out. I still can't seem to wrap my brain around the whole middle school difference which is the curriculum, the scheduling, and the collaboration model. And those are only the worries I can think of right now. I'm sure I'll come up with a whole other mess of worries once I start to live the actual school year! Because, yea, worrying is my area of expertise.
I've managed to meet with some pretty awesome fellow middle school librarians. After talking with some, meeting/planning with others, and scouring the net for examples I feel pretty comfortable with how I've decided to set up the library schedule. The plan...
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday of every week will be a semi fixed/flex 45min library visit for each grade. 1 grade level per week.
Monday and Friday is left open for library managements, make-ups, research projects, special projects with other teachers, etc.
I'm hoping it works. I'm hoping my teachers are comfortable with it. But more importantly, I'm hoping that's a perfect solution for my students and their needs.
Now, If I can only get a grip on the whole MS curriculum and the new GT program being rolled out in my district and what exactly I want to do the first week with the library student orientation. Hmmm, maybe I should I start with the library student orientation and worry about the rest when I get to that bridge.