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Re: Training thoughts

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Jenni Davidson <[log in to unmask]>

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Jenni Davidson <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:08:37 -0500

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I'd start with the basics of check in, check out, shelving (basically what
you'd want a sub to know) and be clear about the atmosphere that you expect
for the library program. Do the best you can and then let it go, you
already run 2 libraries and the school has chosen to cut support. It's not
going to be a great situation, so you can only give them best practices.

I've been reading the book Essentialism and it talks a lot about not doing
essential things so that you can focus on the things that are essential to
you. I'm not sure how much ability you have to be honest with the
principal, but if you can you need to make it clear to him/her that this is
not an acceptable situation and that there will be problems. When there are
personality conflicts amongst paras, that is something that the principal
will need to deal with, as you are not really their supervisor.


Tough love!

On Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 12:03 PM, Laura Gudmundson <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> I am responsible for an intermediate school library that I am not scheduled
> to ever be in during the school day.  (I am in the HS and Elementary and
> teach all day)  There was a para in the intermediate library, but her hours
> have been cut to the point where she is only in the library an hour a day.
>
> Some other special ed paras have learned how to check kids out, but there
> have been conflicts and issues.  One says the other does this wrong,
> another says one yells at the kids in the hall if they have overdue books,
> etc.  It is apparently not pretty.
>
> My principal's solution is for me to train all the paras to do things the
> same way. I just want all the students to be able to access materials in a
> friendly, professional setting!
>
> I am out for a couple of days taking care of my mom, who had surgery.  The
> first thing I have to do when I get back is hold this training.  I can't
> seem to order my thoughts and figure out how to train people who already
> think they know what to do.
>
> I want to cover not only checking in, and finding materials and shelving,
> etc., but how they should act and talk with students (and each other.)
>
> My brain is scattered.  If someone has done something like this before, I
> would love some guidance.  Thank you.
>
> Laura Gudmundson
> Media Specialist
> Kingsland Public Schools
> Spring Valley and Wykoff MN
> 507-346-7276
>
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Jenni Davidson
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Teacher Librarian
Wakefield School and Clay Center Community High School
USD 379, Clay County, Kansas

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