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January 2009 Blog Posts (22)

Hello from Dave Cryer

Just a quick hello to anyone I know here and the hundreds of you that I don't. I did notice Lynne & Anne smiling back at me while I was having a look around, so hi in particular to them.



And hello to all you others. I'm not a teacher or a librarian, but some kind of self-invented hybrid. Most days I'm in a school library somewhere and I am an ex-teacher, but now I work freelance, running workshops which combine fiction, drama & creative writing. The one I do most is an… Continue

Added by Dave Cryer on January 29, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

School Librarian In Training

I am open to any advice or knowledge that any of you might have. This is my first semester in FSU's MLIS program. I have volunteered at Gulf Breeze Middle School's Media Center with Mrs. Sharon Henderson and I have observed Mrs. Michelle Lingo at Hallmark Elementary. However, I still feel unprepared and vulnerable! I have emailed our local school system to try and obtain a paraprofessional position at a media center while in graduate school, but there is currently a budget crisis and they have… Continue

Added by Brooke Layton on January 27, 2009 at 5:37pm — 2 Comments

6 Stages in Doing Thesis Papers

Thesis papers are considered the most essential tool to getting a diploma. Without going though writing thesis papers, receiving that very important paper would be far from reality.



A thesis paper is a long-type of thesis paper work which requires the author’s mental and analytical capabilities. It also requires a maximum level of time and effort so as to come up with an impressive thesis paper… Continue

Added by Debra Howell on January 27, 2009 at 3:23am — No Comments

6 Stages in Doing Thesis Papers

Thesis papers are considered the most essential tool to getting a diploma. Without going though writing thesis papers, receiving that very important paper would be far from reality.



A thesis paper is a long-type of thesis paper work which requires the author’s mental and analytical capabilities. It also requires a maximum level of time and effort so as to come up with an impressive thesis paper… Continue

Added by Debra Howell on January 27, 2009 at 3:22am — No Comments

3 Best Attitudes Towards a Successful Paper Writing

Every writer, in order to excel in paper writing, must note that writing is not just a mere activity that requires knowledge and critical thinking, but an action that demands attitude. There were writers who often fail and end up disregarding their own works. A person, no matter how insightful and smart, can still end up in a fiasco if there is an undesirable attitude associated with the task. To be a successful writer, one must remember these:



1. Patience is a virtue.… Continue

Added by Brenda Funchess on January 27, 2009 at 2:10am — No Comments

A JOINT VENTURE PARTNER FOR A SECONDARY SCHOOL IN UGANDA

Dear friends

I am keenly interested in setting up a secondary school in Uganda

which will have six levels of secondary education i.e. Senior 1 up to

Senior 6.

From Senior 6, students join university education.



I have already secured land measuring 4 acres which is big enough for

this project.



I am therefore looking for a joint venture partner with whom we can put up this

project in Uganda.



If you are interested in the project,… Continue

Added by Dr Andrew Ssemwanga on January 24, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

"MOVEMENT AND RHYTHM" Newsletter is hot off the press!

My first monthly newsletter is ready to ship. To learn more about this new resource for book reviews, information, teaching tips, and movement activities go to my blog: http://educationtipster.blogspot.com/ Thanks, please let me know what you think. Kathy Stemke

Added by Kathy Stemke on January 22, 2009 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Bookshelf: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Selznick

This is one of the best books I have ever read - a masterpiece for avid readers, artists and movie buffs! Brian Selznick artistically blends his gift of words and his incredible illustrations to weave a tale that will stir the imagination. In the story a boy, named Hugo, is an orphan ( basically), living in the walls of a train station and doing the job his drunken uncle should be doing... taking care of the train station clocks. His whole existence is a secret until the toy maker's daughter… Continue

Added by Kay Lera on January 18, 2009 at 9:43pm — 1 Comment

Question concerning how to schedule myself, when I become a "District librarian".

I would like some input on what a schedule would look like, if you were suddenly given the job of becoming a district librarian. It would consist of 3 schools; high school, middle school, and elementary school. Any help or suggestions or resources would be extremely helpful.
Thanks

Added by Kirsten on January 18, 2009 at 6:43pm — No Comments

Dead Girls Don't Write Letters by Gail Giles

bookshelves: read, mystery, realistic-fiction, ya

status: Read in January, 2009

review: Sunny is a tough teen who doesn't really miss her sister, Jazz who died in a fire at college. Jazz was a master manipulator who tortured Sunny,impressed and beguiled everyone, especially her parents. Now her mom is a zombie, crying and laying around all day. Her father is a drunk who has fled their home and Sunny is left to care for her, go to school and keep things together. All that changes on… Continue

Added by bj neary on January 18, 2009 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Trouble by Gary Schmidt

bookshelves: read, multicultural-fiction, realistic-fiction, ya

status: Read in January, 2009

review: Just finished this 3rd book by Schmidt and I was sooooo moved by this tense, funny, suspenseful story and you really get to know each character and will love them, hate them or decide you can just plain accept them. Henry, just like Holling in The Wednesday Wars, is unforgettable. I love the way they both look at the world, their families and how they make decisions, good, bad or… Continue

Added by bj neary on January 18, 2009 at 2:10pm — No Comments

One Night by Margaret Wild

bookshelves: read, novels-in-verse, realistic-fiction, ya (edit)
status: Read in December, 2008
review: Wow, what a great novel in verse!!!I loved Wild's other book, Jinx----but this one is even better about four teens with their own kind of baggage and the mistakes they make and the changes they make to correct. A compelling read with a very sweet satisfying conclusion.

Added by bj neary on January 18, 2009 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Tweak by Nic Sheff

bookshelves: read, biography (edit)

status: Read in December, 2008

review: I found Nic Sheff's account of his many relapses and ongoing battle with addictions very believable. Addictions make you a person who doesn't care what you do to others as long as you are high on meth, cocaine, whatever your drug or alchohol of choice is....until the next time and the next time. You become a liar, a thief, an enemy to your family and friends just to continue your craving for the next and even… Continue

Added by bj neary on January 18, 2009 at 2:05pm — No Comments

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

bookshelves: read, historical-fiction (edit)

status: Read in January, 2009

review: I love Holling Hoodhood---where does someone think up a name like that? I totally enjoyed his voice, his humor, his angst. The Shakespeare plays during the afternoons with Mrs Baker were so much fun to read about (helped me remember why I liked them!!!) and Holling's father was a complete A_ _ who became even more annoying and threatening as the book progressed. The coverage of the times--the Vietnam… Continue

Added by bj neary on January 18, 2009 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Playing Traffic by Gail Giles

Love Gail Giles---Playing in Traffic is aptly titled, about a teen, Matt, who is pretty pathetic when it comes to girls, he has about 2 friends and mostly absentee parents. He is really close to his kid sister, Katy, because of his hands off parents and something he overheard when he was 10 years old. After that, Matt was Kayt's parents, best friend and confidant. Now Matt is being set up and seduced by bad girl, Skye. He knows "she plays in traffic"----and he doesn't, but it feels so exciting… Continue

Added by bj neary on January 18, 2009 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Advice on selecting an MLA program

Help!!! I need advice on what to consider when choosing a Library Science Masters Program.



What is the difference between an ALA approved Masters program and a Teacher-Librarian program/certification?



Is it less expensive to complete a classroom program, a hybrid program, or an on-line program?



In your opinion, which program will be most beneficial to me as I continue working in a school library?



Are there any scholarships or grants specifically… Continue

Added by Mike Jurkiewicz on January 16, 2009 at 11:24am — No Comments

library activities

anyone who can suggest for more library activities?

Added by Marites G. Regalado on January 16, 2009 at 1:18am — No Comments

Power Point for Elementary Librarians

I''m an elementary school librarian in Amarillo, Texas. I've written a children's book about some of the things that drive me crazy about little guys and the library. Specifically about putting books back on the shelf where they found them and putting them on the shelf correctly. The book is Callie: The Missing Book. It also tries to teach students about the spine label and the importance of a call number.

I had hoped to sell the 250 books needed to get me in the "black"before releasing… Continue

Added by Brad Riffel on January 15, 2009 at 11:56am — No Comments

Book challenges in two districts end with library retention of materials.

According to the Associated Press, The Bunny Suicides will remain on the shelves in Central Linn High School Library. Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian will be removed from classroom study but will be allowed to remain in the library. Full article is available from AP.



I've had some positive resolutions to book challenges, but I also had one outrageous situation where a parent made her teenage foster… Continue

Added by Kimberly Brosan on January 15, 2009 at 11:23am — No Comments

Book Clubs at Lunch

I work at a middle school in Bryan County, Georgia, and we have begun having a once a month Book Club meeting. The idea originally started with a former student of mine last year. When he went off to the high school, we nominated upcoming 8th graders who took over the sessions. We all read the books, and Lauren and Daniel lead the discussions while we all eat. I have been surprised and impressed by the high level of discussion that the students involved contribute. We have students from 6-8th… Continue

Added by Cathy on January 14, 2009 at 5:33pm — No Comments

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