Media Matters

Emporia High School Learning Commons - January 2016

Improve Your Brain Power and Resolve to Read

Adopt these simple steps to improve your brain power: sleep regularly, summarize information as you hear or read it, try something new, stay active, read a different genre, be social, and eat brain foods: veggies, fruits, whole grains, and healthful foods.

If you desire a New Year's challenge, take one of your responsibilities and imagine how you can move it forward!

National Day of Service

Recognize volunteers who have donated hours of valuable time positively impacting the lives of others on the National Day of Service and throughout the year. Download webinars and access videos, lesson plans, and service project ideas.

Celebrate the Birthday of Kansas!

Participate in Kansas Read Week contests by identifying famous Kansans and estimating the candy in a decorative container. View the Kansas book trailer playlist.

Celebrate Kansas Day at Kansas Museum of History Friday, January 29. “Enjoy performances and demonstrations of historic crafts and activities correlated to the Kansas History, Government, and Social Studies Standards." More information and a registration form are also available.

The Kansas Museum of History hosts the State Historic Annual Bleeding Kansas programs held 2 pm Sundays in January, February, and the first Sunday in March. This series includes talks and dramatic interpretations on the violent conflict over the slavery issue in Kansas Territory.

Recent Acquisitions

Thanks and Praise to ECF!

Thanks to the generosity of the Emporia Community Foundation, EHS students and staff now have access to 31 new books and 31 new eBooks supporting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The grant also funded a Zing Air Cut to create and cut designs enhancing a MakerSpace atmosphere in the Learning Commons.

Code Creations

Create what you imagine by searching for and expressing meaning. Students engage in a skill that can be a powerful college and career ready tool. The Hour of Code website uses block-based coding with an option for simple language for lower level readers. Learn to Code offers opportunities in other languages, such as French, Spanish, or Portuguese. If you wish to rethink your teaching or flip your classroom, investigate these resources and Kahn Academy for amazing examples.

Best of the Best "Once upon a Time" and Voices of Kansas Publishing Opportunties

The Best of the Best is a literary magazine celebrating the writers and artists of Emporia High School. Explore your creativity and renew your spirit. Submit your best work by February 26, for this spring publication with a “Once upon a Time” theme to Mrs. Ternes or Mr. Pavlik. Appropriate submissions are limited to four pages and include: poetry, persuasive pieces, stories, news stories, essays, drawings, manga, and song lyrics.

The Voices of Kansas provides another publishing opportunity and welcomes poetry, creative fiction, non-fiction, and artwork from educators and students. Visit the website for details, deadlines, and prizes.

A Day in the Life of an Educator

When you are asked what you do, you may wish to have this elevator speech prepared:

NEA's Lily Eskelsen García on What Teachers Do! Take three minutes to watch and enjoy this professional's perspective.

High School Soup - Alliance for Education

Keep current with your daily serving of high school news and policy from the Alliance for Excellent Education. Articles focus on reducing student mediocrity, College and Career Readiness, how to treat the achievement gap, and more.

BookShare Online Library & All You Can Books

BookShare is an free online library accessible for readers with print disabilities funded by the Department of Education.

Typically free for thirty days, All You Can Books provides unlimited audiobooks and eBooks for most computers, devices, and Smartphones .

Standards for the 21st Century Learner

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner offers vision for teaching and learning to guide professionals as educational leaders who shape students. A plethora of tools and resources are available at the click of a mouse.

The Best Apps and the Best Websites for Teaching and Learning have also been updated.

Grammar Girl & NoRedInk

When speaking or writing, contact Grammar Girl for punctuation and word usage tips and tricks.

NoRedInk provides guidance with any writing project and supports Common Core standards.

Connect with the Learning Commons through Social Media

Visit us! Follow us on Twitter @ EHSLibrary2. If you have questions, contact us anytime @ehslibraryaskus@usd253.net. Enjoy the EHS library's Pinterest page for staff picks, resources, and some library humor.

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