I am in the fortunate position of having all students, K8, as my students. In my first year as the teacher-librarian at a K8 school, I am working to make the library an essential part of our school community and a place that all students know as a sanctuary.
Middle school can be hard.
It can be a time where you do not know your place in the social hierarchy from class to class, let alone day to day. We are a community of learners. And a critical element of learning in these middle grade years is learning about yourself and self care.
As their teacher-librarian, my hope is that my students see the library as a place they can come to learn about themselves, try new things, and meet new people. They need a space that feels like it belongs to them and that helps them to explore friendships at this critical time.
We invite our middle grade students into the library before school, during lunch, and after school. We want them to have a place on our K8 campus that feels special to them and a place they know they are always welcome.
By adding these games and activities to our library, we are expanding the ways the space can be used and inviting more students to share this space.
We want kids to choose the library as a safe space in which they can make new friends, learn new skills, and be a part of a community.
With the amount of games I brought into the library from my classroom, we have already have seen new friendships formed, as completely different kids found common interests over a game of checkers. Adding more games to our small collection will help even more of those connections to happen. As we all know, small acts of kindness have tremendous power.
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