This activity reminded me of an activity I like to do at the beginning of each library class, "Hey! Listen To This!" Before we start our library activities for the day we start by giving students the opportunity to share something with the class as a whole. Mostly students share joyful things like upcoming birthdays, sports team wins, etc. but occasionally a student will share something sad like a pet dying. What I like most about this activity is that it not only helps me to know the students better, but it also helps build sense of community where we celebrate successes together and also support our classmates who may be going through an emotionally difficult time. I also love that we start each class filled with positive energy.
This also makes me think of my wonderful PLN (Professional Learning Network). On a daily basis I get to celebrate the successes of other school librarians, offer encouragement during hard times, reach out and ask for help when I am out of ideas or at my wits end, laugh at things only school librarians would understand, and so much more. More than anything, I know that through connecting with other school librarians via social media, I am not alone.