@ the library

12.09.2015

SILENT STUDY ZONE IN THE LIBRARY

Based on the results of our student library survey, we've added a Silent Study Zone in the library. We converted one of our small rooms and it now has space for 6 students to work silently, along with a dedicated desktop computer. This is a great space to send students for make up work!

WEBSITE(S) OF THE WEEK: MIND MAPS

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Brain-storming sessions leaving your students and you a little...uninspired? Try mind maps! Mind maps are a great way to organize material in a non-sequential way. Our brain works through association and mind-maps do too!


  • Instagrok - If you'd like students to be able to view some existing examples of what mind maps look like, www.instagrok.com is a great site for wheel and spoke searching. This is a great site for inspiring new connections or ideas.
  • MindMup - If you'd like your students to be able to create their own mind maps, MindMup 2.0 for Google Drive connects seamlessly with all their school email accounts. Have your students go to https://drive.mindmup.com/# and then click create a new map. Their work will automatically be saved to Google Drive, and if you're using classroom, they can submit their work to you.
  • Want something low-tech? All you need for a mind map is pencil and paper! The bigger the paper, the better the mind map, so consider getting some rolls of butcher paper or painter's paper from the hardware store.


If you're starting a research unit and you're interested in having me teach about search skills or keywords or mind mapping, let me know!

IT'S WEDNESDAY TREAT DAY!

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Today's treats are brought to you by Leslie Smyser and Becky Creech. They've brought in apple crisp, cinnamon rolls, chips and salsa, cuties, carrots, and cookies!

Thanks for reading! - Jessica Hinman