Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Young children are eager to learn. We must continue to nurture the curiosity they bring to learning. Providing quality teaching, close partnerships between schools and parents will support each student to succeed. By focusing on building confidence and ensuring success will produce supernatural results.
School librarians fight the impression daily that we play a tangential role in the school library system across the country. We are teaching the students how to think but the board of education is teaching them how to feel in a little bubble. How are they ever going to be able to function in the real world if they are not given real world experiences? Students are swimming in technology and do not know how to filter through it. It is very important to know how to decode Internet addresses and how to assess the authors.Developing PowerPoint's and videos are not typically tools learned at home. Librarians are needed to guide students,teachers, and parents through the digital ocean.
I never really thought about creating a facebook page for the library until today. It is not a bad idea especially because it is the new my space. Everyone and their mom has a page. Patrons would be able to access information from their cell phones as well as their computers. New books and events can be listed on your page as well as inquiries. My only concern would be keeping it classy and not trashy.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Why is it so hard to get teachers on board with research tools? Are they stubborn and stuck in their old ways or are they just uneducated about the materials? How can teachers expect students to catch on to foreign material when they do not practice what they preach? Teachers are suppose to be lifelong learners. How can librarians increase teacher involvement and appreciation for the library.
Why is it so hard to get a library position in Little Rock with a ALP? Why does the federal government set guidelines that conflict with the state? How many ALP's are schools issued over a three year period? I feel like I can be more successful with hands on learning. Can somebody please help?
Today I finally finished my pathfinder assignment and I got the opportunity toget into it. I navigated the children's literature sight through UCA. I came up with some pretty interesting books that should interest my students. I'm seriously thinking about incorporating this into my classroom next year.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
After attending the Renaissance Learning Workshop in Mississippi last year I walked away with several ideas to enhance a school library. One idea that stuck out to me was the formation of a book club. The students involved in this bookclub would give brief descriptions of the books on a video recorder. This taping would be broadcast all over the school to promote reading. The idea is for students to come to the library to request the material because of their peers suggestions.
I had absolutely no idea of what Pathfinder was until today. It is an excellent tool to use within a library or a classroom. Pathfinder assists the patron in locating infromation pertaining to a specific topic. Typically reference books, journals, articles , books, and websites can be used as tools to locate the information. The simple click of your keyboard can bring up so much information. I am going to incorporate this into my classroom next year and the LMC when I get my own library.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
In order for a vehicle to run it has to have spark plugs. Librarians have to be spark plugs to change the way individuals view the role of the library. The spark plugs is a person who is full of energy, humorous, and great interpersonal skills. In a essence the spark plug trigger good team chemistry. They are often selfless individuals who do not mind giving. They do not have to be the center of attention and they get pleasure out of seeing others happy. Are you a spark plug?
Are you a usual suspect? In many libraries there is a small number of volunteers. Due to budget cuts it's very hard to run a library effectively without help. The government launched a federal program entitled United We Serve. It runs from June 22nd through Sept. 11th. This would be an excellent time to enhance children's reading. Most kids experience a decline in education during the summer. Volunteering in your local library would be an excellent way to give back.