The Incredibly True Adventures of a School Librarian

The Incredibly True Adventures of a School Librarian

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Tell Me Something Good

My granddaughter was scared of our little Shih Tzu but when she wore this mask she was invincible. LOL!

As we all sat down to Christmas dinner with my daughter's family in Kansas my three year old granddaughter turned to me and said, "Grandma, tell me one good thing".  Inquisitively, I looked to my daughter not completely understanding the request.  It turns out that at my granddaughter's school, right before lunch is eaten, they go around the table and share one good thing about their day so far.  After sharing one good thing about your day you are then prompted to "ask a friend" about their one good thing until everyone has had a chance to share.


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.

I got this great idea from my wonderful principal, Donna Brady.

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.



As this year comes to an end I challenge you to not only look back at 2017 and find the good things but make it a point to stop each day and find that #onegoodthing.




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