Thursday, January 28, 2016

Snowy Day Chronicles: Creating a Vision Board for your library program

I pride myself on having a plan, and sometimes a plan for that plan. However, in my world as a teacher-librarian I have quickly learned that while it’s good to have a plan it’s actions that matter most. Thus came my epiphany- that I needed to create a vison/action board for my library as I do for my personal life. Meriam Webster (2016) defines action as the fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim. Creating a vision board can become somewhat passive, but when you take that vision and create action steps that’s when it becomes achievable.

So I decided to create my own Library Vision/Action Board. This process caused me to truly reflect on the needs for my current school; I had to refuse to be self-centered but student-centered. This process has me motivated and inspired to turn my vision into reality.

Read on for tips for creating your own Vision+Action Board and take a look at mine.

Easy as 1-2-3, okay 4!

1. Brainstorm: What do I want for my students, teachers and community?

       a. How does this look to me?

       b. How would this look to others?

2. Pick theme: What is one word or phrase that will guide your decision making?

3. Begin the Search: Find words and/or pictures that speak to your theme.

4. Post and Publicize: Organize your thoughts on a poster, and/or web platform.

MNPS Librarian

Read more from Ms. Brinson on her own blog: Library Through My Lenses

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