Thoughts from the Library Learning Commons

by: Jennifer Aston


This summer is about focusing on what is important to me: my health, my family and my community. Making things and being creative. And in order to do that, I have had to trim a few things. Mainly, in my use and consumption of Social Media. Earlier this year, I stopped using TikTok and Facebook. Yes, I have major FOMO (fear of missing out). But it was also a huge relief. I do.. Read More

Generation Alpha and the Library Learning Commons

The following blog appeared as an article in the Canadian School Libraries Journal on May 25th, 2023. How is the Alpha Generation Reflected in Your LLC? Did you know that this June, the last class of Generation Z will be graduating from elementary school? As of next year, our elementary (K-8) schools will be completely representative of a new generation: Generation Alpha.  What will this generation need from our school libraries? First, let’s.. Read More

Course Artifacts

If you read this blog, you might be aware that I am currently taking my Teacher-Librarian Part 2 AQ (Additional Qualification) through Queen’s University. Some of the tasks that we are doing involve reading articles and synthesizing information in different ways. It may not come as a surprise that I have been using Canva for a lot of these things. I thought I would just post a few to share out. Copyright Matters:.. Read More

Collaboration & Partnership with a Teacher-Librarian

This week in my Teacher-Librarian course through Queens, the focus was on Foundational Documents – Leading Learning, Together for Learning, different Teacher-Librarian publications and Copyright Matters. It involved using these documents to self-evaluate, which has been really helpful. I think I have actually identified what my Annual Learning Plan focus will be for next year based on a few different tools. One task involved summarizing an article for others. I chose one called.. Read More

The A+ Teacher Librarian

This week, I started a Teacher-Librarian Part 2 course through Queen’s University. I was concerned that taking the course would mean the end of my already sporadic blog. But here I am writing! The first week of this course has been really inspiring. The tasks and discussions are fun, engaging, and I am enjoying reading and replying in different discussions related to being a Teacher-Librarian with people who are in the role (this.. Read More

An Inquiry on Multilingualism in the Library Learning Commons (Part 1)

Multilingualism is generally understood to mean knowledge of more languages than a native language. It is a language term that moves from monolingualism (knowing one language) beyond bilingualism (knowing two languages) into the realm of knowing many, or multiple, languages. This year, our school is taking part in an “Inclusive Libraries” project. During our first meeting, my principal, a colleague and I had an actual full day in-person PD with a wonderful breakfast and.. Read More

Creating Read-Aloud Calendars

My blog has been badly neglected in the past few months and today I am firing it up to post a couple of blog posts (by request). Let’s start with why. Why did I start making these calendars in the first place? Initially, I started making them to respond to a need in my own school community. I had some evidence that some of the youngest students at my school were not being.. Read More

To Website or Not to Website?

One thing that has been on my “to do” list this summer is to create a Website for our Library Learning Commons. I am blogging about it today so that I can figure out why it may or may not be worthwhile and talk it through. So for the LLC website I have been thinking about the following questions: Question 1: Why a Website and not Google Classroom or some other platform? First,.. Read More

S.T.E.A.M. Dreams

Next year, I will be a 0.7 Teacher-Librarian and a 0.3 classroom teacher. I am going to hold back on saying which grade I am teaching right now until the fall, when school returns. This past year my 0.3 consisted of some small group reading instruction with Grade 1 students and teaching Drama, Dance & Music in grades 1, 2 and in a 3/4 class. I enjoyed it a lot, but these art.. Read More

Covid Finally Caught Me.

For nearly two and half years, my family has been really cautious and Covid-free. That is, until recently. We have been using N95 masks, we were all vaccinated as much as we could be. We were vigilant. However, in June, like many, we started letting down our guards as restrictions everywhere in Ontario eased. Did I go to a couple of stores without a mask? Did we start wearing 3 layer blue masks.. Read More

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