I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of http://www.GettingBoysToRead.com. Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit.
We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight. If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us http://www.facebook.com/SupportSchoolLibraries . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!
Mike McQueen Teacher Librarian at McLain HS Lakewood, CO
Nice to meet you, too! I hear Colorado is beautiful! I'm a native Georgian...interesting because native Georgians are now the minority in our state's overall population! Our state's population has increased dramatically in the last 10 years. I can't wait to read about Grab N' Gab on your blog later tonight or in the morning! Thank you for sharing! I also loved you post about the Spanish teacher using Voki---I will share this idea with our FL teachers. :-)
Does your district block Ning?
Also, sorry to keep asking you so many questions, but...
1. Can you tell me about that AP Biology Pill Bug project or point me to a blog post about it?
2. Also, Bud the Teacher on Twitter mentioned you had made a video; he said, "Watching @pgoerner use index cards to explain Twitter. Brilliant." Is this video posted somewhere? How cool!
OK...hopefully, I have not questioned you to death in the last 24 hours! Thank you! :-) Buffy
I signed up for a Yahoo account to make it. I then cropped it in a graphic editor. Yahoo has code for imbedding it ,but the size they give doesn't fit. I have a small farm and the kids like to hear about the chickens and pigs, so it was a good match. My fourth and fifth graders are using KidPix to make their avatars for the VoiceThreads, but Dream Avatar and DoppelMe have caught on with a few kids, too.
Today was the day I helped AP Bio students with their Pill Bug project. It was cool. They used a document camera to project their lab and introduce the task. It was very cool to see the dancing bugs on the wall, then walk over to the tiny box! (hey- I took pictures too!)
Not much to report here- just getting ready for Book Buddies Wed 14th,...I hope to encourage them to do Voicethread reviews of their books. Also- anime club in the afternoon. Sounds tiring- I need to teach the last class of tech to our specialty school too!
Worked with John M today- he is helping his resource kids research their own disabilities and then write about them. He found some good links (specific disabilities) which made it easy for me to help out and put them on the web site.
Hello, Guybrarian! I think I must have accidentally deleted your friend request when I first joined this ning, so now I hope you will accept me (with apologies from a beginner) as your friend. I'm excited that Nancy White has started a Colorado group.
OK- we have started. I worked with new teachers yesterday and discovered how lucky I am. I think they are all ripe to work with me so it should be fun. PLUS- Karol S. sent me one of her great teachers to work in the technology area. Yeah!
Just thought I share some news- I made the local paper! The did a nice story about our collaboration with teachers as a Power Library! Check it out...
Hi guybarian, I see you are from Longmont and at the high school level, I am just down the road at Horizon HS. My library co-worker Sara is also from Longmont. Small world. Was thinking about organizing a high school librarian day-long powwow sometime next fall to talk about best practices, assessment, etc. Interested? I think it might be fun and interesting to talk with librarians in other districts. Let me know what you think.
Thanks for the welcome! I have been hanging out on other Ning sites - mostly School 2.0 -and building a site for all of our district administrators. My longtime friend and mentor, also in Colorado, invited me to join this space! (http://maryjjohnson.com/primarysourcelibrarian/)
Too many SS presentations today. Some really met the mark. The teacher and I keep trying to re-evaluate how to make them better. Some day I'll have to tell you about the fabulous work in another SS class and Science. Rainy day....
Had a very productive planning time with my buddy Carol P and Kimack yesterday. Carol and I are presenting at Technology in Education (CO) this summer. We used the FUTURE protocol from Critical Friends Groups to deign the framework for our workshop. It is shapping up!