Wednesday, March 11, 2015

SOLC 2015 Day 11: Whirlwind and downhill slide

At our team leaders meeting yesterday, the second round of Project Based Learning units, state standardized testing, professional development, and end of year parties were discussed.

March may come in like a lion, but it certainly does not go out like a lamb in terms of spring semester happenings.  We just wrapped up our book fair last Wednesday.  We have testing training today, Battle of the Bluebonnets tomorrow, Spring Break the following week, PBLs and the last broadcast and newspaper teams beginning the week after that.  I've finally placed the last of my big book orders which had been sitting in a virtual shopping cart for months.

Then there's testing, the state library association's annual conference, and more testing.  Last checkouts for the year occur a couple weeks later, as we finish up the bulk of our inventory process. 

What does this mean for the library?  Very few, if any, "normal" weeks.  A rush to get lessons in, a lot of rescheduling of classes due to disruptions.  A whirlwind of activity trying to get everything done before impending deadlines.  The downhill slide to summer break accelerates at a rapid pace from March to June.  You'd think in my 22nd year in the education biz I'd be used to this by now, but I still find myself hanging on tight, days and months flying by in a blur.

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  1. I do wonder what our hurried and frantic pace are symptomatic of... There ought to be time for a the reading of a few books between now and June--if for no other reason than to quiet our minds:)

    1. We'll be reading as many books as possible in the Book Nook, Mary Ann! And yes, once I get through the testing manual, I'll return to my to-read pile on the weekends to "take me away". :-)