July 3, 2010

Summer. Flying By.

Haven't been posting, but I'm trying to not do too much and simultaneously get stuff done.  I know.  I'm forcing myself to read something fun so I don't spend all of my time obsessing about the new job.  I'm also playing with the seven-year old, swimming lots and saying yes to nearly every treat request.  Ah, summer.

But I'm still staying in contact with my library predecessor and she's answering lots of questions.  I need to remember to be that incredibly cool if I ever transition to another position.  We spent a day earlier this week going over stuff and she had to teach me how to tackle the damnable laminating machine.  Someone had tangled it up nicely and I now have an intimate knowledge of how to dismantle, untangle, and generally keep up that thing.  I also learned where most everything is and have even begun straightening (and a slight bit of weeding) just do I can kinda get a feel for what all is there.

She made me a great two-page school library opening checklist document.  That thing is the bomb.  I just hope I can juggle it all and look like I know what I'm doing, even though I really don't.

Still haven't met the new principal (but I've heard good things).  I also haven't met more than two or three teachers.  But I've gotten to know the custodial staff and they've been great.  I think they like me because  they know I was an ESOL teacher and they're all English Language Learners.  Dimitri is in charge and he's like this wise Yoda character for me.  I was talking to my predecessor about something and mentioned what they had said about it in my graduate program.  "There is college and it is good," he said.  "Then there is the real world and it is also good."  He squinted.  "They are not the same."


Cathy Nelson said...

You are going to rock that school Mr TeacherNinja!! Seriously, you are already doing great things Jim, so relax and enjoy using the summer to learn the ins and outs of School Library Real World 101. I want you to go read this post to form my past--when "Lammy" was sick. http://blog.cathyjonelson.com/?p=447

Nobody messes with Lammy!!

Peaceful Reader said...

Sounds like you are having a great time exploring your new space. The students at your school are going to love you!!

Jim Randolph said...


I loved the "Lammy" post! Thanks for sharing!


I hope so! Making students happy in the library is goal #1!


kristie said...

Hey Jim,
You will find that Demetri does have wonderful things to enlighten one with ;o) He is into politics so watch out!

Glad you are getting the feel for your new digs. Relax buddy, you are going to be awesome!!!

You have a way with the kids and books...the other things (like the laminator) will come with time.


Jim Randolph said...


Thanks so much! You are my hero. Good luck with your move!

Ms. Yingling said...

No, no, no! You know NOTHING about the laminator. Move it to the teacher workroom and deny ALL knowledge. Remove this post and swear your predecessor to silence. That way, maybe you won't have to laminate AND the film will not come out of the library budget.

My teachers are so much happier since the laminator is in the workroom. Wait. It wasn't ever in the library!

Jim Randolph said...

Ms. Y,

Workroom's connected to the library. There's a printer in there as well that should be in the computer lab. They should go around the corner and ask the lab guy when there's a prob, but you just know they won't. I will take your advice and play it Hogan's Hero style.

Nothing! I know NOTHING about deez laminator!

Kathy said...

I have found that it is always a GOOD thing when you get on the custodians and front office staffs good side :) They are the people who REALLY run the school!! I have taken a break from thinking/doing anything school related, but that comes to an end on Monday when I return from my 3 1/2 week trek up North.