Thursday, February 23, 2017

I Got This or How to Move a Library...

I printed a copy of this inspirational quote and a few others to put on my locker at work. I like to look at pretty things and I felt my locker needed some d├ęcor, but most importantly, this has been attitude this week. I got this!

We are moving out of our fifty-year old library building into a new and temporary location while they demolish the old one, and construct our beautiful future library. Ever since Monday we have been movin’ and groovin’. I have been coming home sore every night, and each night is in a different area of my body. Last night, I for sure felt the four hours I went up and down the step stool to shelve handfuls of books. Today, I had bruised and reddened knees from shelving and shifting books on the bottom rows.

Bruised/reddened knees or warrior markings?!?

But you know what? I got this. I feel energized being more active physically, and I am really wanting to pick up my fitness routine again. And guess what? The air was not working at our new location so I stayed super-hydrated with water only, and I realized that lately I have been drinking soda—diet soda—but soda nonetheless and not as much water as I should. Sometimes I do so good—eating right, drinking water or tea only, and moving my bottom—and then after a few months I go back to bad habits. So this moving a library thing? It is teaching me to be thankful for the sore muscles because now I do not have get sore starting exercise again, I can just slide back into a routine with more ease.

It is also teaching me that I am strong. I have been able to move things physically BUT also I have been having to use my problem-solving skills more often! So instead of hating the move, I am embracing the move. I am showing this moving thing who is boss lol.

On a very personal note, I was a bit saddened to say goodbye to my library home. You see, I have been a patron of that library since I was eight years old. The tv show Reading Rainbow and my 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Manes both told me about this wonderful place called a library. I bothered my mom until she took me there. My parents were so good about always taking us there after that. This is where I developed my love of reading but this is also were I developed myself as person. This affected my whole life! And now I am full circle, working for the place that made me who I am!

So here are photos of my old friend, our old library building. These are from day 1 and 2 of our move.

And here is a sneak peek at our new location. Don’t mind the mess, we are making great things happen!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Handy Dyslexia Chart

This week I have been reading The Gift of Dyslexia by Ronald D. Davis. 
I saw this great chart online from TES and thought it was too good not to share. It gives teachers an idea of signs a student may show that they have Dyslexia. Now the book is very good at connecting ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia together. I am just now getting into the chapters on how you can work with learners to help them strengthen skills in the areas that they struggle. Stay posted!

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Friday, February 17, 2017