What a ride it has been. Things didn’t always go as planned.
I tried to put my COETAIL learnings into action for this project. Here are some thoughts that came to my mind, as this was taking place.
- Things (relationships, cultures, projects, learning) take time to build. I kinda wish I could have done this project last year where I was in my fifth year at the school, had units to rework, relationships already built, a culture already created. I didn’t have that this year at a new school, in a new library with no culture.
- This project reaffirmed something I already knew.
- Library’s can be magical. I saw kids discover new books and new ideas, as a result of the badging. That was cool.
- Library’s are especially magical for outsiders – shy kids, “different” kids, and I love that about libraries.
- I envisioned that the kids would be hooked by the platform. That was a mistake. I thought they would want to play around more with it. I was hoping they would get hooked on checking out the possibilities of each badge. Instead, for most kids, they weren’t into it. Grade 3, however, loved the physical badges.
- Transformational tech experiences (correct, if I’m wrong) are easier to design with middle/high school. I was a little out of touch, and it could just be a “it’s my school” thing – actually, I think that’s the case. We have a BYOD policy for grades 4 and 5, but they don’t know how to use the machines. Our grade 3 kids have no idea how to use basic software – Word, Outlook, – or any APPS.
- Editing my video was actually much more fun than I anticipated. I really enjoyed the process! It’s time consuming, too. It’s the second movie I’ve ever made, and I hope to make more in the future.
- Badging is not for me. This external reward system doesn’t suit my mission as a librarian or as a human being.
- Warren Buffet talks about the inner scorecard , and it’s something we should all have. I’d rather use that inner scorecard as a motivator than badges.
- One of my favorite moments from the project was when a student who I thought was going to love competing with others for a surprise said: “I don’t want badges. I just want to read for fun.” What else can I say, except “go for it, buddy.”
- Libraries are about collaborative inquiries. Moving forward in my career, whether it’s as a teacher or librarian, I know this much: Teaching and working in isolation is never good! Always, if possible, work, consult, share, and plan with others. It’s bound to be better!!! For this project I was able to work a little bit with teachers, but it wasn’t the level of collaboration I preferred. Basically, it was like: “Yea, Mike. Great idea. You guys can do that during our library time. I’ll stop by.” In time, I think I’ll have relationships with teachers where collaboration happens easier, but this was our first year together. We’re just not there yet.
Thanks for watching my video.