- Genre-fication. This went really well but I still have lots of posters I want to make as a result of it: lists of what genres our Quick Picks readers could move on to, based on what Quick Picks series they are reading; lists of what new genres would be good to try based on what students already like; top 10 lists for each of the genres to help with selection; signs linking genres to non-fiction...that sort of thing. But I have also been inspired to reinvent our non-fiction area and make the signage there much more bold and attractive.
- Ninja Readers Book Club. While a big improvement over 2013 I still think I can make this better. So I'll be trying new ideas, some based on a fantastic session on Book Clubs by Carrie Bouffard at the SLANZA Otago Weekend School last year.
- e-Books. I just squeaked in getting this up and running at the end of last year so I will need to work on promoting this with teachers, parents and students.
- Library Expansion. Well, this is a bit of an ongoing saga. First we had issues with the courtyard area we were going to expand into. Apparently the concrete there is pavement concrete and cannot be built on without the great expense of digging it up and starting again. Now the funding is up-in-the-air because of unexpected changes to other parts of the school budget. So I have to be patient, although I am still getting our builder in to quote for expanding into our resource room :)
As it happens I had three more big projects that came along last year that I'll also be working on in 2015:
- Te Totara Times. I started this blog last year in order to have student-created content for our school website. I worked in conjunction with one of our teachers and it went well, but this year I need to find a new teacher to help me and I also have more ideas about what we can do.
- Storytelling Club. Building on from my Moustache Potatoes Comic Club and our foray into stop motion animation, I'm keen to combine the two, plus some other forms of digital storytelling, and make a storytelling club. But with a cooler name.
- BYOD. We decided to centrally manage our school iPads (for reasons I set out here). Wiping 140 iPads and adding them to Meraki was a big job for me at the end of last year. Now we're hoping to have BYOD iPads in place by the end of Term 1, with each child being able to purchase a discounted set of apps from the school. This is uncharted territory so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it goes smoothly.
And now, because I just don't know when to stop, here are my new projects for 2015:
- Library Skills Sessions. We finally have enough hours allocated to our library staff that I can run some library skills sessions for our classes. I'm sure this will be an item on my list for 2016 as I have much to learn about what I should cover and how quickly.
- Pinterest Boards. I do already have a few Pinterest boards but I am keen to build these up, especially around picture books that have themes that would be useful for teachers, like confidence, sharing, bullying, being creative etc.
- Book Fridge. At the end of last year I noticed that the school was throwing out a fridge that no longer worked. So I snapped it up and a teacher aide did some wonderful artwork on it (with permission from Scholastic). Now I need to launch the idea and explain how a Book Fridge works (basically it's a place for students to swap their own books among themselves).
So, a busy, exciting year ahead for me. I'm also looking forward to attending the SLANZA conference in Christchurch in September.