Showing posts from July, 2019

Dealing with Difficult People

Teaching and dealing with others in the workplace can be sometimes tricky. Especially, when your job is to help both the kids and staff you know you will never make everyone happy. It's physically and emotionally impossible. Most teachers just have to make their kids, parents, and principal happy.  Our jobs mean we have to make kids, parents, principal, all other teachers, the PTA, supervisors, and professional associations happy.  I'm OK with that. Because in my job I don't grade - I give out awesome books! I help fix technology and make things work. I connect with the community to share the awesome stuff that goes on every day in our school. Really, Library Media Specialists have the BEST job in the school.  BUT...... Some teachers won't remember the 99 times you helped out and only that 1 time where you couldn't. Bless their hearts. If you have to choose between making a teacher happy or a kid -- always side with the kid. Always. A good teacher will not only

Summer Reading Suggestions from Social Media

Sometimes I just want a trashy summer read.  Something light. Something sassy. A cozy coastal mystery. A true Beach Read. Nothing heavy. Not WWII. No cancer, no conflict, no causes.  No political or social commentary. Growing up outside DC I've had a lifetime of political. Don't get me wrong. I have passionate beliefs but when you have lived your life both inside and outside the beltway, see scandals and politicians come and go, and both parties sling mud -- AND you also teach Middle School? Enough..... You sometimes just want some mind candy. Something sweet. Summer reading is made for this. And since I've read almost all of Elin Hildebrand (some hits and some misses there), the Low Country boil series, Rosamunde Pilcher, Crazy Rich Asian series, all Charlaine Harris (natch), and of course my beloved Inspector Gamache (though he's more my winter binge) So, I needed some new suggestions. NOT YA. Love YA. I'm a YA Librarian for goodness sake! I al