The daily life of a Middle School Library Media Assistant.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Glad I’m Not a Coder

Worked again today on the FutureLearn coding class. I’m behind, the third week started yesterday and I managed to finish up the second week by day’s end this afternoon. Wow. So much intensity. I really am glad that I am not a coder. They are truly detail oriented people with a gift for seeking out the minuscule inconsistancies of code! Other news in, had the STEAM kids in today for both lunches. Had a bunch of students in and students turning in books. Only two more days left of the semester and time to get in those lost books before they get billed! Put in an announcement that will hopefully get read tomorrow and Wednesday about that. Had to contact another school to get a book they sent us renewed. There was something else but I’m too fascinated by this bit of wind storm coming through tonight.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Only 3 of the Next 9

With Martin Luther King Jr. day and a grading day, I only work Tuesday - Thursday next week, so I only work three days in the next nine! Gotta love it! We had a recognition assembly this afternoon so that meant regular classes were really short. I worked on my coding. Had both lunches in. Gave away the rest of the YALSA books to teachers. Had to write a referral on a student. Hate doing that. Sent off a book to another school. All in all, a pretty quiet Friday on the library side of things. The recognition assembly was really good. Recognized our teams, our musicians, our Leadership kids and our AVID team. It was done very nicely. 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Just a Thursday

Helped Mr. T with getting his DVD to play. Our regular computer wouldn’t play the DVD so I had him get his surface pro and we got it all hooked up to the wireless projector and it worked! Yeah, we did it! So then he’d be all ready for his Peer Helper class during 6th period. I took all the books I had from the YALSA books I picked up from Salem Public Library and let my aides pick a new book for them to take home as a thank you for all their hard work. Then I sent out an email to the LA teachers that I had a book for each of them. They just have to let me know. I printed up a list of all the lost books we have, over $5,800 worth and started going through the list of which ones I needed to replace and which ones I’d let go. I found a new hedgehog book! The one that was lost was from 1997 but this one was just 2015. I was excited! We’ll see if I can get it. Our suppliers don’t carry it, so they’d need to order on Amazon. We’ll see if I get it! I ordered some books on my replacement orders. I had an announcement that was supposed to go out today, and it didn’t. I was a bit upset. I had information about students getting their books in so they don’t get billed during grading next week. So I redid the ‘Leslie Announcements’ and copied our principal, our assistant principal and our office manager. Hopefully tomorrow. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019


I finished getting most of the books from the second part of my last order in and got the rest of them stripped with Tattle Tale strips and getting them out for students. I covered most of the paperbacks.  We had our Lockdown drill today and that went really well. Both lunches came in. I did not do any coding! A quiet day. We could also get some new books from the Salem Public Library from their YALSA collection. So, since I had to go to the library, I picked up a box of books to bring back to Leslie tomorrow. It’s in my car to go!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Quite the Day

It was a great day with my STEAM kids. I spent a lot of time with getting everything ready for the first time and and putting everything. It was amazing! Though there were not a lot of students, I’m hoping this will bring in more students. I did more coding and got through the first week of the program. It was a great day.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Ready for STEAM!

Today I worked most of the day on my projects for STEAM day tomorrow! I was so excited! Our tech liason came in and we both put together the Raspberry Pi carts. I went out to try and find three AV carts to put them on. Found them right in the old student store and in the room behind it. I got all the stuff on the carts and when Ms. K came in, we pulled out the parts and fit things together. We each did two carts, so now I feel really comfortable with the components and how they are hooked up. I like that Mr. S sent me a picture of his ‘ovens’ that helped us out! I made a poster. Changed the bulletin board that’s under the clock - advertising when the students come in and have to sign in and look at the clock to get the time in and out. We ran the Raspberry Pi program, shut it down, restarted it to see if we got everything connected. They seem to be running perfectly! I took home a Rubik’s Cube, messed it up and finally got it all back together! Only about three hours later! I also did a set of Rubik cube mosaic pictures for students to try. I’ll keep them so they can keep working on them until I have to send them back. I also got out colored pencils in  cube colors and some graph paper so students can make their own mosaics to try! Should be a great day tomorrow! I did another piece of my Python class while teachers had their meeting this afternoon. What a great day!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Thank Goodness!

What a day! Monday was nice but today was crazy wild. I had a good time playing with my Cubelets and checking out the Rubik’s cubes. I also put my new books on a cart and inventoried them. Did a bit of coding with my Future Learn. Had both lunches in and B lunch was surprisingly mellow. Then 7th period came. I had a whole otter full of boys from band who were sent down because Mrs. W had a sub and usually there are four or five of them, today there was eleven! They were all talking, explaining why so many. Mrs. V was there and she made them all sit at different tables, printed up more of the worksheets and they had to sit and work with her and I barking at these young otters! Maybe next time they’ll stay in band! Glad today is over! Yeah for the weekend!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Books and STEAM

I got in a request from a teacher yesterday for 5 class sets of new math books Kercheski style, so I had my first period aide do a class and I ended up doing another 3 between first and second period, then got in the last one during period 3. Then I had my fourth period aide take them to Mr. S. I worked just a little bit on my coding. Then had one lunch in and had my lunch then my sub showed up and I took off to our meeting. We talked a lot about STEAM programs and how to do that. I was with two of the gals who are overwhelmed. Sometimes I feel that asking one more thing is a bit on the crazy side. But, I still checked out two cubelet cases to take in for next week’s STEAM Tuesday. A good day, a good meeting!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Order Raspberry Pi

Today I finished up my last big order for the school year, nearly $900 and 64 (?) I think books. Turned it in to LMSS for them to process and get that started. Had interactions with a lot of students today. Also got reminded that I had signed up for an educator’s course in Raspberry Pi coding. I started that this afternoon and got through 8 of the lessons for this week. Sometimes I think I’m just on another wave. I like to look at a problem and then think I should find the answers right there. Then I find that if I read on, there the answers are. We had a lesson on ‘variables’ and for the life of me I just couldn’t get it. But I think I finally did that the ‘variable’ of : my_name = “Lady A” only works for that one set of programming I’m working on. It doesn’t hold true for any other program I then start to work on. Maybe I should ask? Had both lunches in today and they did pretty good. Meeting tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

After Break Order

I did some work today on the order I have for ‘After Break 2019’. There were some books I took off. Some I added. I emailed the LMA over at Crossler to see if I could come by and see how he is working his Raspberry Pi set up. And then I got in my order of four today! I am very excited! I also got in a few more books. Prepped the books I got in right before we left for break and put them out. I got to help a lot of students today. A good day. Both lunches were in today since I didn’t have anything in yet for the STEAM day.