Pod Show Time
Contributions to student learning by libraries and teacher-librarians should extend beyond the library's four concrete walls; every day, all year long, we are impacting and facilitating 21st Century education (Levitov, 2017, p. 30). Being involved in all areas of the curriculum is essential and sometimes that means getting out from behind the circulation desk and picking up a paint brush.
It's spring and that means Pod Show Time at Blacklock Fine Arts Elementary.
The fabulous Grade 2 and 3 teachers are writing, directing, and producing "I Want Candy- Broccoli vs. Candy", a show about nutrition. I was fortunate enough to be asked to help out with the backdrop.
Alongside the Art Teacher, Duchess Udders, I got to take a break from university papers and get creative!
Duchess Udders, being the fabulous artist that she is, free-handed the team mascots, Candy and Broccoli, for the main part of the backdrop. Mrs. Heavy-Hitter, our super-fantastic SEA, expertly wrapped a large pile of bon-bon candies. Personally I love the unicorn treats!
I love working in large scale.
Pool noodles, white duct tape, broom handles/doweling, clear plastic gift wrap, and ribbons (metallic ones work the best under the stage lights).
The lollipops are taped to an adjustable tripod pole, which is normally used with the library's green screen.
Ice Cream Cones:
These are my favourite.
As you may know from my other posts, I LOVE spray insulation foam. I used cone-shaped tomato plant supports with brown mailing paper for the cones. The scoop of ice cream is a hanging basket (including moss liner) flipped upside down and covered with spray insulation foam and a styrofoam ball for the cherry.
Interlocking pool noodles from the dollar store, a plastic bag, and a homemade Twizzlers sign.
Roll of Lifesavers Candy:
I taped five protein powder containers end to end to create the cylindrical shape of the roll. Poster paper and tin foil decorated the outside.
Helping with the backdrop gave me the chance to support students as they demonstrated their knowledge through the fine arts. The school saw me as not only as a promoter of reading and literature, but also as a promoter of artistic expression.
My collaboration did not stop here through. I worked with individual students and Mr. T to create an iMovie of their Minecraft Candyland creations that was played before and after the show.
Stay tuned for more details in "A Minecraft Screencast Adventure"!
Levitov, D. (2017). The school librarian as the advocacy leader. In S. Coatney & V. H. Harada (Eds.), The many faces of school library leadership (2nd ed., pp. 29-42). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.
The Big One...
So, I turned 40 last week.
Wow. How did that happen?
In an attempt to avoid a full blown mid-life crisis, I turned my attention to my library. For who better to focus on than my kids?
This is how "Help Read Mrs. Huang Over the Hill" was born!
Shamelessly Promoting Reading...
As with many of my more elaborate schemes, this one was birthed during my monthly float.
(Quick plug for Floathouse South-Surrey; May their float tanks and senses deprivation change your stressed-out, information overloaded lives!) It's amazing what 90 minutes of peace can do for you!
I pulled 39 of my favourite picture books from the shelves and put them in clear bins outside the library doors. I constructed a modest-sized hill out of cardboard and a green plastic table cloth. The following sign stood beside the hill:
Each book that was read was placed on the hill creating quite a large stack of books by the end of the week. It was a slow start at first, trying to convince the teachers to read the books among the million things they are expected to do in a day. Along with a few keen teachers, it ended up being the students who led the charge. They snuck in at recess, selected books, and brought them to their teachers to read.
The results were more than I could hope for:
And so much more...
On Friday morning, I read the final "40th book" aloud to the entire school in a mini assembly, Tadpole's Promise by Jeanne Willis. I purposefully selected a book from my private collection that was new to everyone including the staff.
With a caterpillar puppet on my hand and with Lady D (my library technician) ready to flip the pages under the document camera, I introduced the book as a sweet love story.
Now, I don't want to ruin the story for those of you who haven't read it.
However, it was spectacular when the entire audience of 300+ students and staff GASPED and went silent at the sideways turn of events. The silence was broken by the laughter of the Kindergarteners who found the humour too much to hold in.
It was magical.
I love my job!