Just like I can't be one type of bicycle-rider, I'm also not one to sit in one job. Six years. That's about my max, then I need a change. I like education, mind you. I like the little goobers. I like professional development and working with staff. In the world that is elementary education, I've been lucky enough to find the job changes that keep my brain challenged.
Next up: Old Lady School Librarian.
In our building, the time is ripe. Our current OLSL retires this June. The program is dying for an overhaul. I can't wait. It's what I do. I start this summer.
But between now and then I'm looking down the barrel of licensure. 7 semester credits between now and mid-May...three classes spanning two of my precious evenings (not to mention the time needed to get assignments done). More classes this summer and fall, then I get the piece of paper that says I'm licensed to do what I've already been doing part time for two years what, like people steeped in education can't possibly know how to teach themselves while on the job next to people in-the-know?
The first three classes?
- Peter Pan Collars and Glasses on a String: How to Dress the Part
- Leers, Glances and Pursed Lips: Getting Kids to Cower without using Words
- We Can't Afford That: Making Dollars Disappear without Buying any New Materials
Actually the programs these days aren't called Library Science anymore. It's Information Media -- a mixture of books and computers...everything from instructional design to digital video to literature to kids and research. Luckily I've got some of the work under my belt from past certificates..but at 45 I can think of plenty of good things to do in my off-hours besides sit in a square room with desks.
I do that all day!
- Old Librarian Bag
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