Fall Media Center Updates
Watkins-Nance Media Center
What I Learned in Professional Development Friday
After all of these years, I must admit it seems that there is not much that is new under the sun. I certainly don't know it all, but I do think I have heard it all - in meetings.
However, Friday I was honored to attend a workshop with a true literacy guru, Paige Jeager. She coined a phrase that I believe, but have never been able to state so eloquently: "If your assigment can be answered on Google, then it is void of higher level thought." Librarians have been preaching this sentiment ever since Google was born.
Jaeger has excellent workable ideas for teaching students how to develop those higher thinking skills; check out her blog for inspiration and concrete examples of how to raise the rigor of your assignments. http://librarydoor.blogspot.com/
My favorite is a Crazy Talk knowledge project (love that term!) a student created about Teddy Roosevelt.
Below is the Jaeger-designed mantra for reading: please keep these facts about reading in mind as we work to teach our students how to read and to love reading.
DISTRICT TEACHER TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE
Don't let this spook you... but May 2, 2014, is the deadline to complete the list of district technology requirements. in brief, these are:
1. All teachers should have an updated class page in eChalk.
2. Every teacher should enter at least one of the District's Visual Literacy contests. A few teachers entered the Photography competition of the Visual Literacy Festival. The next VLF competition is Editorial Cartoons which is open to students in grades 3 through 12. The deadline for submissions is November 20, 2013.
January 22, 2014, is the deadline for the most popular contest, Puppetry. After that is the Computer/Technology/Video competition, then finally the Book Production competition. For more information, go to http://www.richlandone.org/group_profile_view.aspx?id=2e944235-041d-45d9-b770-33c771bb31f2
3. Each teacher is to participate in a Video Conference. Some classes joined in a conference for Read for the Record with C. A. Johnson earlier this fall. Another opportunity will be Read Around the Planet which is open for all grade levels. Don't forget - the district will pay for one conference per school (many of them have no fees). The Center for Puppetry in Atlanta has some excellent programs available. Check them out at http://www.puppet.org/edu/distance.shtml
4. Teachers must complete AUP training themselves and provide AUP training for their students in grades 3-5. The good news is that AUP training for most of the students and faculty has been completed. As you get new students during the year who have not completed AUP training, email Ms. Goodnough so all students can be held responsible.
5. Teachers are responsible to provide all students internet safety lessons. Again this year, Ms. Goodnough will present lessons for PreK - 2nd grade students, and Ms. Steverson-Smith will work with the 3-5 grade classes.
6. Our technology educator, Nancy Swanson, is scheduled to be here at Watkins-Nance almost weekly until May. She will send out a calendar; her dates are also on the school's eChalk calendar. She can assist you with your eChalk page and your technology infused lessons including using iPods in your classroom. Nancy is a great resource!
If you have any questions, you can email Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org; her next day here will be October 31, 2013.
WATKINS-NANCE CELEBRATES GRANDPARENTS!
Please submit all items for laminating no later than 10:00 A.M. on Mondays and Wednesdays because we laminate before noon. It is important to write your name on each item. Thank you for your cooperation.
MINING FOR THE GOLD IN DESTINY - WHERE RESOURCES ARE ABUNDANT!
DESTINY is not only the school's online catalog for materials available in our library, but it can also be used for interlibrary loans from other schools in the district. Best of all, DESTINY has aligned all of the materials with the Common Core indicators. Teachers should log into DESTINY (using your email username and employee number) then click on Standards Search to choose your grade level and subject. DESTINY will show you materials that are available to support what you are teaching.
Please be mindful of adult conversations when in the media center especially when classes are being held. Set a good example for the students and talk quietly. Thank you for your consideration.