Monthly Archives: February 2013

Alexander Galt Regional High School Library Has A Wall of Love

Alexander Galt Regional High School Library celebrates February as Caring Month with a Wall of Love. Students volunteer to write Love on their arms and have their arms photographed as a way to show support to those who suffer from depression or are victims of bullying.Image

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The Importance of Libraries in Film

The link below describes a new documentary that will emphasize how important libraries are to Americans.  It’s heartening to think that non-librarians are advocating for libraries.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Free-for-All-explores-libraries-value-4301986.php#

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Next up in my newsletter – Graphic organizers and Note Taking

I am absolutely convinced that most students are never taught how to make notes in a style that suits how they learn.  All right, maybe that was a strong statement and one that might be changing, but when I taught a high school level social change class, I watched students struggle with note taking.  What was important?  What wasn’t important?

As a teacher, I found myself going old-school, writing on a white board and I heard myself saying things like, “This is important.”  I believe that I was responding to the high school student that lived inside of me, the one who was concerned about what would appear on the test in a few weeks.  My complaint even in university was that if I only knew what the teacher wanted, I would give it to him or her.  As an adult and as a librarian AND as a teacher, I feel that these concerns had more to do with marks anxiety than about learning and retaining.

Tell me that kids don’t have marks-anxiety today and I will ask you what planet you live on!  Yet, as an educator, I am more concerned that learning be more than regurgitation and I’m far from being alone in this.  It is very rewarding to see the projects, essays, and use of technology make this happen.  One way that we can prepare students for the next step in their academic careers is to provide them with note-taking tools such as graphic organizers.

Last month, I suggested some apps in my monthly newsletter to my schoolboard, but at this web site, http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/02/list-of-free-graphic-organizers-for.html you can find a list of various graphic organizers that are free to download. Pick the right one for the right project, whether it’s flash cards or a timeline template, and you’re giving a student a leg up in organizing and retaining facts.

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Teaching Effective Research Strategies en Français

For my French colleagues, this is an excellent PowerPoint presentation that has been uploaded to Fileshare.  It breaks the research process and can be aligned with the Inquiry Process that has been developed here in Québec.

 

http://goo.gl/9M4SK

 

 

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Print vs. eBooks

The following infographic comes from the website, the Daily Infographic.  If you want to check out her sources, click on print vs. eBooks which is a link to her website and you can see the original infographic and make the text larger by zooming in through the view drop-down menu on whatever web browser that you’re using.  The author did write on the site, “Please share.”  I’m doing just that even though I don’t see the need for a debate.  At this point in time, each serves a need.  Do we talk about eradicating the hammer just because the screwdriver exists?  Each serves a purpose.  Print is nowhere near the extinction level of the eight-track tape of the seventies.

My paranoid side worries about the effect of having screens glow in my face for most of my day and I fear what that could do to the young who are growing up with this now.  On the other hand, I certainly can envision a future where print will be quaint and wonderful and rare.  Yet, the loss is nearly tragic.  On the bottom of my closet sit boxes of letters between my mother and father during World War II and the Korean War.  We delete emails every day.  What will be the artifacts of every day correspondence of the future?

Just a thought as we transition through the Information Revolution…

Libraries are Forever: E-Books & Print Books Can Coexist

Reprinted from the Daily Infographic.  She said we could feel free to share.

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February 4, 2013 · 3:12 pm