Mary Moser Board

Library Media Specialist at Clover Park School District

I work as a high school Library Media Specialist in the Clover Park School District in Lakewood, Washington. This is my fifth year as a LMS, and my tenth year as a teacher.Before switching to the library, I taught 9th grade Humanities, which is the area that I certified in National Boards in 2013.

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Title Card for "Building Classroom Community" blog post with a flower and a Welcome Sign.

As students return, how will you build community and welcome all students into your learning space? @mmoser shares her takeaways from PD on restorative practices & Deep Equity #WATeachLead 

3 Quick Ways to Build Inquiry into Practice

Lights are off save a unicorn nightlight cycling through a rainbow of colors.  Two pouches have been consumed.  I’ve patted my three year old's back for 3 minutes then 2 minutes and now 5 minutes.  Yet, her eyes are open, staring up me, ready to ask me another question.  Her latest favorite:  “Why are you my mommy?”

Forms of Writing

This past week, a wave of educators swarmed Seattle’s downtown to attend AVID Summer Institute. As an attendee, I had the chance to attend one of their newest offerings:  writing across the content areas.

Planning Testing With Students in Mind

My school has entered assessment season; we've been there for a couple of weeks.  It’s a beast. But, I doubt I have to tell you that.  We have the task of coordinating 600ish students needing to take the Smarter Balance subject tests, each of which takes two days. In another month, we will test the 300ish juniors on the new science test.  Sandwiched in between our state tests are two weeks of AP tests.

Sketch Notes Drawing

Do you remember what it was like to take notes as a student?  Great! Well, let’s erase all those memories and start over with a fresh concept.  If we are truly preparing our students for post high school world then we must consider how they consume information while engaging with media and their world.

Old Camera With Title "Memories"

This holiday season, my daughter was finally old enough to get involved with our holiday traditions.  While, at two, she still has time for to wait for some traditions, she understood kind of what Santa was when we went for pictures (still a no go on a happy solo picture), loved mixing cookie dough with me and “cutting” our cookies that were all happy faces according to her, decorating the tree by choosing the best spot for a particular ornament, “singing” in her first holiday concert and picking out a tag for the gifts to send to cousins, aunts, uncles, grandmas and grandpas. 

Graphic of Computer & Pie Chart

How do you make systematic change without basing your work on vague notions and “we think” statements?  Might I suggest a digital observation tool that helps you, other staff members and outsiders provide intentional feedback.  Before entering the classroom, they can load the survey on their mobile device, check a few boxes, then move onto the next room. 

Laptop Keyboard

In the whirlwind of school letting out for the summer, Washington budgets and McCleary movement, you may have missed the passage of ESHB 2224.  It’s mainly a bill that affects us secondary folks, really high schools.  Though it’s passage is a few months old, the exact nature of what will happen next has not been hammered out completely by OSPI, SBE, et al.