Sunday, February 28, 2010

Toothpaste and Bananas

Last week I attended a meeting of School Librarians in English Speaking schools in HK. (ALESS) One of our colleagues, Scott Eder gave a short presentation on "Are bananas and toothpaste taking over my library?" where he talked about for many of the things in his life he is a creature of habit - like squeezing toothpaste and peeling a bananas - he does it the same every time just because it is a learned behaviour.

He went on to question us - is what we do in our school library toothpaste and bananas? Do we think about what we are doing on a daily basis - are they actions of routine and habits or are we thinking about why we are doing them and the way we do them?

It was a great informal discussion on how to evaluate our library programs - how we spend our time, who we work with and what we prioritise. He suggested we do a quick evaluation or checklist at the end of the day on how we spent the time. He gave out a form that has a number of "activities" - working with students, collaboration with teachers, curriculum support, tech support / troubleshooting, library administration, Library operations, professional development,school committees, curriculum resourcing & other. He checks off what he spent the day doing, and where possible how much time was spent on each activity. He says it takes about 5 minutes but gives him a lot of information.

So this week, I am going to try this to see where my days actually go. Will let you know how it goes next time!


Misti said...

Could you share this form? Keeping track of what I do in my media center sounds like a great reflective practice.

Amy said...

I would also love to have this form. I used one at the beginning of the year, but it had too much writing. I would love to see the check off version.

Mama Librarian said...

Oh, yes, I would love to see the form too! Great chance to reflect in a short time. I recommend a journal but seldom have the energy at the end of the day to do it.

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