Over the Learning Curve

Ms. Windler will overcome the new challenge of working with older students this school year

Lively Librarian: Ms. Windler helps jr. high student Lisa Deryabina look for a book. Ms. Windler explained the online catalog system to Lisa so next time she can look up the book independently. Ms. Windler said, “With the students, a lot of it is just being available and being that facilitator to help guide them, because we want the students to be independent learners, especially by high school.”

Though the Happy Hollow Elementary school library may seem similar to the one at West Lafayette Jr./Sr High school, the students at the high school will be keeping Ms. Windler busy in the 2018-2019 school year.  

The new librarian, Ms. Windler, has had lots of experience at Happy Hollow Elementary as well as other middle schools; however, Ms. Windler says that, “the learning curve will be the high school aged students and just learning what they need.”                                                                                               

Ms. Windler started her career as a teacher but decided that she wanted to take up the job of media specialist instead. “After many years teaching, I think I just decided I wanted to have a little more exposure to all of the students,” she said.

Ms. Windler spent many years working as the media specialist at Happy Hollow, and she admits that working with high school students will be a new experience for her. “At the elementary a lot of the instructional focus is on reading,” she said. However, at the jr./sr. high school, Ms. Windler feels that the focus is more on using the skills learned in elementary school to research and expand knowledge.

At the high school, the library is also a lot more open than at the elementary school. Students are free to enter and exit as they choose. This is a strong contrast to Happy Hollow where the students come to the library for media center classes. Now that she is at the high school, Ms. Windler says, “I may not work with students or classes as often, but I feel that it’s almost more important because it’s when [the students] need it or as they need it. It’s tied directly to what they’re doing in their other classrooms.”

Although the high school library is more open than the elementary school library, Ms. Windler hasn’t let that intimidate her. Instead she jumped headfirst into the school year with a 7th grade orientation so that the new students can learn how to use the library independently.

Overall, Ms. Windler is optimistic for the new school year. She says, “I’ve been very impressed with the students. Not just academically and in their work ethic, but students are so polite and respectful.”

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