If you damage a book, bring it to the media center. Depending on the damage, we may be able to repair the books and only charge a repair fee to cover materials. If you lose a book, we can let you know the replacement cost so we can order a new copy for others to enjoy. Please do not just purchase a new copy of the book to send in, as we prefer to have library bound copies so they last longer for more students to read.
When can I check out books?
The media center will be open for circulation in the mornings from 8:30-8:55, but you must check in with your teacher first. Your class will also checkout during your media special or if you teacher sets up a time.
How can I volunteer in the media center and what do you need help with?
We are always looking for volunteers in the media center. Help is needed daily in shelving books as we are lucky to have so many avid readers in our school. (We circulate about 5,000 titles a month.) In addition, there are other times we need volunteers such as book fair twice a year. If you would like to volunteer, we would love to have you! Just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know you are interested. We will show you what to do, so don't worry if you don't know the Dewey Decimal system!
What does it mean to have a flexible schedule in the media center?
You may have noticed that the media center is only on your child's specials rotation at Caleb's Creek every other rotation for some grade levels. Caleb's Creek has adopted a partial flexible schedule for the media center to work toward following the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction recommendations in the IMPACT Guidelines for Media and Technology (more information can be found at http://www.ncwiseowl.org/IMPACT/default.htm).
This means that they will come every other rotation for a set class and Mrs. DuBois will work both with entire grade levels and individual teachers in between to plan and schedule additional classes in the media center to best align with what students are working on in the classroom. Co-planning and often co-teaching is involved between Mrs. DuBois and the classroom teacher.
This allows many things to occur, all of which create a more collaborative, connected way of teaching information skills in conjunction with the classroom curriculum. Some of the ways this may be implemented include spending whatever amount of time is appropriate for the lesson in the media center to work on a project at the time they are working on the topic area in the classroom rather than drag it out over several weekly class periods in the media center. (This may be accomplished in one day or several days depending on the lesson and/or project.) This allows teaching to be connected to the topics being taught in the classroom and finished in a more timely manner. Students will then have information skills integrated within the current curriculum areas in a more real-time, real-life manner.
Teachers may also use this as a way to offer alternative project choices. For example, if students wish to create a powerpoint, a flip video, or maybe a brochure as a way to present information on a topic, then they can work in the media center while other students using more traditional presentation methods can work in the classroom or another part of the media center.
Flexible scheduling can allow for smaller student-teacher ratios. If teachers work with a group of students in the classroom, while Mrs. DuBois works with another group in the media center on a similar topic or different area that connects to the classroom curriculum, then they can switch groups that day or another day. This allows for different groups to engage in smaller group size, along with various teaching styles, as needed.
The main idea of flexible scheduling is collaboration with the teachers in order to effectively integrate the classroom curriculum with teaching how to find and use information at the most appropriate point in time for students.