How to be a Teacher Librarian Rock Star - Branding Tips & Tricks First thing I gotta say, I don’t know that I really love the term Library Rockstars because I think ALL Teachers, Librarians, Teacher-Librarians, Educators....we're all rock stars or each of us has an inner rock star just waiting to come out. I also think it sounds a wee bit elitist. OK, a whole heck of a lot of elitist. But who doesn’t want to rock it at their job?
(BTW, I was asked to write this "Rock Star" article for another publication and using the Rock Star theme was their choice - So, I'm answering their questions - I did the best I could! They highly edited my responses, and I think I ended up sounding like a total prat, but here they are in their entirety.)
To what do you attribute your success?
I try to......
Work hard Be Reliable Be Reflective Be Positive
Hard work, a sense of humor, tenacity, and a stubbornly fought for positive mental and professional attitude. Yes, work hard - but …
The hot new Makerspace Movement is NOT new to Murray Hill Middle School. Eighteen years ago we designed and opened the school with the idea that we would have creation labs in the Media Center, GT room, and the TV studio. We started with video production, iMovie, Specular LogoMotion, Hyperstudio, and animation with Hollyood High kids. Here's an example of an EARLY (2003) video production called Bookfellas, featuring some Guy Ritchie-esque film direction techniques. These kids are now all grown up and we've kept evolving, too!
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We return you back now to our first and original Makerspace post ......Thank you! It's OK to Start Small!
We recently expanded upon our Makerspace offerings thanks to being inspired by several of my librarian friends in our amazing #TLChat PLN! (Pls see resources below!) Kids can …
Makerspace for Little or Nothing You
don't have to spend thousands of dollars to start a Makerspace area.
You don't have to have a designated room or rip out bookcases. You can
even have a Makerspace on a cart! When we have testing in our Library, I
put all our Makerspace stuff on an AV cart and roll it into our server
room. This post evolved from a previous post called Makerspace Starter Kit Updatedwhere I had some of these idea, but I felt that it deserved it's own expanded post. You can take baby steps into the Maker Movement. I've been saying that for 7 years or
so....long before I blogged about it, I tried it out. Yeah, sometimes I
try things on the sly to see if they are blogworthy for you! Now....having said that.....
WARNING: Controversial Opinion Ahead. I'm not 100% sold, even after 7 years of talking about the Maker Movement, that it's something that's here to stay and not just a fad. Even though I've (without knowing it!) been using asp…