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Mike McQueen left a comment for Donna Bills
"Greetings Donna, 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…"
Jan 26, 2012
Donna Bills replied to Kristin Fontichiaro's discussion Reflecting on Chapter 2: What We Know About Comprehension (pp. 19-35) in the group Inquiry Circles Book Group
"Hi Beth. I am not sure we can model lifelong learning and inquiry skills without sometimes wading into controversial waters. I think we need to be aware of the way our own beliefs relate to those of our communities as we lead students into deeper…"
Jan 2, 2010
Donna Bills replied to Kristin Fontichiaro's discussion Reflecting on Chapter 2: What We Know About Comprehension (pp. 19-35) in the group Inquiry Circles Book Group
"Nancy, I totally agree with you on the importance of the wording we use with students and the type of questions we ask. I, also, believe that our students can do much deeper thinking, than is often required. The authors of our book do seem to have a…"
Jan 2, 2010
Donna Bills replied to Beth Friese's discussion Getting Started! -- The Plan in the group Inquiry Circles Book Group
"Thanks, Raya. My wave ID is donnab345."
Dec 31, 2009
Donna Bills replied to Kristin Fontichiaro's discussion Reflecting on Chapter 2: What We Know About Comprehension (pp. 19-35) in the group Inquiry Circles Book Group
"Here are some of my thoughts and questions regarding Chapter 2. First, I think the Comprehension Continuum chart is a wonderful resource to share with teachers as well as the outline of "How Proficient Readers Think as they Read, Listen, or…"
Dec 30, 2009
Donna Bills replied to Beth Friese's discussion Getting Started! -- The Plan in the group Inquiry Circles Book Group
"I am having trouble accessing the wave through the wiki. The embed shows only as a gray square for me in Chrome. Do you have a direct link for the wave?"
Dec 30, 2009
Donna Bills replied to Kristin Fontichiaro's discussion Reflecting on Chapter 1: Kids Want to Know (pp. 1-18) in the group Inquiry Circles Book Group
"Students do need to take responsibility for their own education. They key is how much and in what ways. A high school student should have more responsibility for the scope and content of his education than a first grader. There should be a gradual…"
Dec 29, 2009
Donna Bills replied to Beth Friese's discussion Gathering steam! in the group Inquiry Circles Book Group
"I am looking forward to expanding our discussion into different formats. Elluminate, GoogleWave, and VoiceThread seem to be good options I, also, have GoogleWave invites if anyone in the group needs one."
Dec 16, 2009
Donna Bills replied to Ernie Cox's discussion Reading with Purpose in the group Inquiry Circles Book Group
"This is an interesting question. Another factor in the lack of collaboration between the teachers and librarians in this book and others may be lack of time or access. Remember, some of us, especially on the elementary level, are still rigidly…"
Dec 16, 2009
Donna Bills replied to Kristin Fontichiaro's discussion Why did you choose to be part of this book club? in the group Inquiry Circles Book Group
"We went without tables in the library for the first semester.when our school was new. t was kind of like extended summer camp."
Dec 2, 2009
Donna Bills replied to Kristin Fontichiaro's discussion Why did you choose to be part of this book club? in the group Inquiry Circles Book Group
"Several years ago when computers had blinking green cursors and before I became a librarian, I taught an eighth grade earth science class with an out-of-date horridly boring textbook. So, I put the book on the shelf, and taught the class through a…"
Dec 2, 2009
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Dec 1, 2009
Donna Bills joined Beth Friese's group
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Inquiry Circles Book Group

We will "headquarter" our discussion of "Comprehension and Collaboration: Inquiry Circles In Action" (Harvey & Daniels, 2009) from here. Feel free to link, create, innovate all kinds of other things - but link it all back here!See More
Dec 1, 2009
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Web 2.0 in the Library World

This group is for those who wish to share about using collaborative Web 2.0 tools in their library instruction. Here we can discuss what tools we are using, make connections for collaboration, and celebrate our technological triumphs!See More
Oct 29, 2009
Donna Bills joined Joyce Valenza's group
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More things: Applying 2.0 tools

Inspired by Helene Blowers' Learning 2.0 and California's School Library Learning 2.0, let's use this space to explore new things to prepare ourselves for leadership in new information landscapes.See More
Oct 29, 2009
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Elementary School Librarians

This groups is for librarians who teach in elementary schools.
Oct 29, 2009

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Gainesville, TX
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I am the librarian for Edison Elementary School, the pre-K through first grade campus of the Gainesville ISD in Gainesville, Texas.
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At 4:24am on January 26, 2012, Mike McQueen said…

Greetings Donna,

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!

Sincerely,

Mike McQueen

Teacher Librarian at McLain HS

Lakewood, CO

At 8:22pm on October 17, 2009, Cathy Nelson said…
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