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The halfway point

March 19, 2010

I’m currently on spring break of the third of my anticipated five semesters at Syracuse. (It’s not really much of a spring break – I am either subbing or doing fieldwork in an elementary school every day this week – laying on a beach somewhere warm sounds so much more relaxing…..)

Some of the celebrations I have as I hit this halfway point of my studies:

  • Being able to go to a database, conduct a search, and find pertinent results. This sounds relatively basic for an aspiring librarian, but compared to my searches for an assignment for 511 last summer, this is really an accomplishment!
  • Being able to compose an APA citation without having to consult my handbook a hundred times. Again, sounds basic, but is definitely better than where I started. I can’t guarantee the same confidence in other citation formats, but I definitely know where to find that information (thank God for OWL!).
  • Doing fieldwork in school libraries: it is just as much a learning experience as my coursework. No textbook or lecture can prepare you for the amount of spontaneous, on-the-fly information needs that get thrown at a school media specialist on a daily basis. It is gratifying to be able to locate books that a teacher needs in 15 minutes; to match a student to the right book; to offer a suggestion that is actually on the right track.
  • Having pulled off only one all-nighter (okay, one and a half) so far. This was totally due to procrastination, as I just couldn’t get myself into gear to get the assignment going. It’s a good thing this isn’t a regular habit, as all-nighters take much more of a toll on the almost 40-year old than they do on the 18-22 year old!

Some things I’m looking forward to in the second half of my coursework:

  • I’m looking forward to the remaining three classes I have. They are all school media classes, and deal with technology in education, school library management, and school libraries and literacy. The marriage of technology and literacy is the main reason I chose this profession, and I’ll take these classes this summer. Definitely looking forward to them, and trying to plan for a really cool technology project to do during my 7-12 fieldwork.
  • Student teaching: doing fieldwork has been like Student Teaching Lite, and I’ve enjoyed it so far. I am looking forward to being in a school media center on a daily basis, and getting a more in-depth experience.
  • December 2010: I hope to complete all my coursework in the fall semester. Not that I haven’t enjoyed this program, but I have to say it is a lot of work. And it will be totally worth it. I just look forward to having one less ball to juggle!

Like I said, I’m on spring break, so I’m off to:

  • watch all the shows that I have to DVR when I’m busy reading, participating on discussion boards, writing papers, etc, etc
  • read for pleasure (will probably only finish one and a half books this week, but it’s better than nothing!)
  • clean my house, since that is definitely of lowest priority since I started school (okay, it always was a pretty low priority, but now it’s even lower – I just have a good excuse!)
  • SLEEP – I really love to sleep!!
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