http://wonderingwind.blogspot.com/Books read, recommended, and other interesting information as I find it pertinent to the world of LMPs.Due to time contraints, I have to be short and quick.
Hi I am new to the field and would verymuch like to make a great first impression!!! Are there any tips for new ms for their first year? Also, I am thinking of doing a Hollywood theme.....any tips or suggestions???
I need suggestions for a great (required) summer read for a class of mostly boy reluctant readers. Please share some ideas. The title must be available in paperback. We need to get this one missing piece of our list out soon.The existing list is here: http://springfieldreading.wikispaces.com/Thanks,joyce
We just had a provincial election in BC and, one of the issues that was front and centre, was funding cuts to school districts. While cutbacks in my own district were not as drastic as in Bellevue, Washington, they are serious for our school libraries. Starting next fall, there will be no full time teacher librarians in any of the elementary or middle schools in the district and we are losing our district librarian. I wrote a letter to the editor of a local paper in response to a statement of the Minister of Education in BC.
Election: Cuts don't reflect words
Published: Friday, May 08, 2009
In 2005, Premier Gordon Campbell unveiled the Five Great Goals for a Golden Decade. The most important of those goals was that B.C. was to become the best-educated, most literate place in North America.
As a librarian, I certainly applaud such a goal and certainly hope that it does succeed. Later, in a report on public libraries, he stated that: "Our libraries are a great investment in community, learning and literacy. They open doors of opportunity for minds hungry for knowledge and adventure. They are the front lines of the effort to make British Columbia the most literate place in the world."
Another goal I can agree with. On Oct. 1, 2008, BC Education Minister Shirley Bond proclaimed October 2008 as Library Month in British Columbia. She thanked the B.C. Library Trustees' Association, the Public Library Services Branch, the B.C. Library Association, the B.C. Teacher Librarians' Association, as well as all of the library staff and information professionals from across the province for their services.
Considering the importance the government and Ministry of Education put on libraries and their stated goals, I am perplexed by the cutbacks to teacher librarians and school library budgets in B.C.
Teacher librarians are part of the vast network of non-enrolling teachers who offer educational services to students and staff in schools. When budgets need to be cut, teacher librarians, like resource room teachers and other special programs, are the first to feel the cuts in budget and staff.
Langley is not immune to such cutbacks. Some position cuts have already been announced for the next school year. Most importantly, we will be losing our district teacher librarian in Langley. She was a dedicated resource person who has been helping teacher librarians across the district and has guided us through the transition from the stand-alone cataloguing systems in our school libraries to a web-based cataloguing system that will be accessible throughout each school for students and staff.
Sadly, just as we are about to start up our new catalogues next fall, the district has had to eliminate her position, and we find ourselves without a qualified resource person for school libraries. I was part of a group of teacher librarians last month that made a presentation to the school board that was well received. There is recognition of the importance of teacher librarians in the teaching of literacy skills in this district.
But the financial realities are such that Langley School District is put in a position to make cutbacks, like many other districts in the province.
We have an excellent group of teacher librarians working in Langley, some of whom have received national recognition for the work that they have done locally, and yet the district is left with little alternative than to cut positions from a lack of adequate funding.
In B.C., Minister Bond may recite the mantra that the government is funding public education adequately, but in this district, it does not reflect that reality.
Teacher librarians, the literary specialists in Langley schools, are prepared to teach the multiple literacies that are necessary for students in B.C. to be lifelong learners and live in the best-educated, most literate place in North America.
All we need is the right funding from the Ministry of Education in B.C. for our district to support us. Sadly, they have not been willing to financially commit to their own stated goals for literacy in B.C.
Richard Beaudry, Langley
This article resonates home with me. This is a process that we have often seen in school districts across Canada. Bellevue District is a suburb of Seattle, Washington. It is regrettable that such drastic cuts are finding there way in Washington State.
School district criticized for reassigning librarians
By LINDSAY LARIN
Bellevue Reporter Staff Writer
May 19 2009, 11:14 AM
For those us doing research comes the following source:
Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography by Charles W. Bailey, Jr. is up to version 75 - Posted May 12th, 2009.
From the website: The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography (SEPB) presents selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet. Most sources have been published between 1990 and the present; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 1990 are also included. Where possible, links are provided to works that are freely available on the Internet, including e-prints in disciplinary archives and institutional repositories. Note that e-prints and published articles may not be identical. In cases where the publisher frequently changes journal URLs with providing public notification or URL redirection, included URLs are to the publisher's domain, not to individual articles.
This new book, in what I hope is a series, was fantastic! Chapters are alternated by Grace, a human child who is dragged from her swing into the woods by a pack of wolves. And Sam, a wolf who was human and bitten, and goes between human and wolf form. Sam is one of the wolves present when Grace is attacked. But something happens when he smells her and looks into her eyes;she was the most beautiful girl he'd ever seen and he couldn't let their mauling continue and he stops it. So begins the haunting attraction between the two for a period of six years. Grace waiting and watching the woods to catch a glimpse of "her wolf" and Sam alternating between human form and wolf aching to know Grace from afar. Grace's parents are into their own world and when forces collide to bring Grace and Sam together, her parents are blissfully unaware Sam is being protected and hidden by Grace in her room. The author's way of keeping these two hearts beating as one, kept me turning the pages. There is suspense but her description of Sam and Grace's romance, longing, and their total enjoyment of each other made me shiver. I also liked the characters of Grace and Sam, they were deep, honest and abiding in their commitment to each other. Bring on the sequel, I can't wait.
The Hunger Games is such a great read and it is science fiction, survival, violence, but so much more! Peeta and Katniss Everdeen are chosen to represent District 12 --- they must fight to the death with all the other participants of the other 11 districts in Panem (used to be Earth). Peeta has always been in love with Katniss but the powers that be have them act like star crossed lovers and the audience who watches by TV the whole time, JUST LOVE IT!!! The story involves psychological suspense and torture-- you root for them especially when the deaths of others, like Rue and Thresh, are so horrific. Collins' attention to detail and her portrayal of Katniss as tortured in love and life is total agonizing suspense. I can't wait for the next installment!
I spoke with CK this morning, and she said that we're good to go on our "field trip."8:30 to 3:30ish at my school:Timberline High School, 6120 Mullen Rd SE, Lacey 98513.You can map quest it, or follow these directions:From NorthGo South on I-5Take the Marvin Rd Exit (up the hill from Nisqually)TL over the freewayStay on Marvin Rd for approx 4 miles (you’ll go thru 1 roundabout, but just stay on Marvin)Marvin Rd ends at a T at Mullen Rd (power substation on rt side of intersection)TR on MullenGo approx 2 miles on MullenSchool is on rt hand side of Mullen, just across the street from Lakes ElementaryTurn into the 2nd parking lot (Staff and Busses) and enter thru that doorThe Library is just up the first staircaseFrom SouthTake Marvin Rd ExitTurn Right at top of off RampFollow directions aboveMy # at school is 360 412-4869.Thanks for being flexible! I will try to make it a fun field trip!
Looking forward to hearing your book challenge role plays tomorrow night. I sense some provocative testimony coming. I wanted to give you a quick reminder to check the rubric. Please make sure that you have all the written stuff (testimony and reconsideration form [for the "concerned parents"]) ready to hand in.In addition, we're going to spend time talking about leadership and influence. Please bring your textbook, because we're going to be reading one of the articles in it and discussing some of the key points.You'll also have some time to meet with your in-service partner and coordinate that for Saturday's class.I NEED TO KNOW WHAT, IF ANY, WEBSITES YOU'LL NEED ACCESS TO ON SATURDAY. Rather than turning off the entire filter during our class time, the IT folks want to do exceptions on the specific websites we need.PLEASE be prepped to give me that info tomorrow.Also, if there is time (perhaps while we're awaiting the late arrivers), I want us to do a little bit with weeding. Just a quick activity so that our wait time is not wasted.OK, think that's it. See you tomorrow!
Pullman High School Library has been awarded a $4,000.00 grant from the Office of the Secretary of State, Washington State Library Division, funded by the Library Services and Technology Act (LTSA) through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)."Querious Queries" is the title of the project developed for the grant. Our Current World Problems (CWP) students are generating a "Querious Querie" to be posted each week via our school's website and our local library's website.The results of the poll will be tallied every Friday and then shared with the CWP students through class discussions over the course of the rest of the school year.If you have 30 seconds each week, I would ask that you participate by going to one of the following websites and then click on the "Querious Queries' banner.PHS website http://www.psd267.wednet.edu/Schools/PHS/default.asp?PageID=11Neill Public Library website http://neill-lib.org/Departments/Library/Default.aspxThe results of each "Querious Querie" will be posted each week at http://phs-library.blogspot.com/We are now on week 8.Thanks to those who have taken the time to participate. The more varied the respondents, the better the survey results.