I need to begin with another apology. It has been a crazy few weeks, we are closing out the school year and I have been working on trying to close up the media center for the summer. Also I have been in the process of changing positions. Not to fear I am still handling the media center but I have moved to a middle school. Two actually. Yes I will be shuttling back and forth between two schools. I am very excited, and very sad at the same time. I have enjoyed my time at my current school, but I am looking forward to the new challenges ahead of me.
In leaving my current position I have some very fond memories of some of the students I have come across and have had the pleasure of assisting. Particularly those who had some interesting research paper topics.
Student: “Miss, I need help.”
Me: “Yes, what can I do?”
Student: “I need a book on the Cuban mission.”
Me: “Cuban mission?”
Student: “Yeah the Cuban mission.”
Me: “Cuban mission? What class is this for?”
Me: “Do you mean the Cuban Missile Crisis?”
Student: “No. It’s definitely the Cuban mission.”
I spoke to the history teacher after and I told them to let me know how the student did. Surprisingly enough, the student did well, after he came back down looking for information on the Cuban Missile Crisis.
My current position was a rewarding one, but I am looking forward to working with a younger grade level and showing them some of the interesting tools I have been sharing with you.
Speaking of which, we need some new posts. I am going to put some finishing touches on some, and I will be again this week. So keep those comments coming my loyal reader.
We are all on facebook…don’t deny it. If you aren’t you will be soon enough. It is a black hole of sort…no escape. But anyway, I told you yesterday that I would have something special. Here it is. My Fake Wall is a website that allows you to create fake facebook pages for famous people throughout history (ex. Abraham Lincoln) or for characters in your favorite books (ex. Elizabeth Bennet THE ONE I JSUT DID!). This is great tool to have the students use when working with any sort of lesson. (check out the link below to see my fake wall)
Elizabeth Bennet Fake Facebook Profile – MyFakeWall.com.
This is free site, but unlike some of the other fake facebook creating sites, you must provide an email address. This site does however provide some elements that I found worked better than other similar sites.
1) The site does not require tobe refreshed as much. Also you do not have to worry about the statements being erased or moved to another entry
2) Where other sites require you to add the picture every time to the entries, this site saves the pictures you upload and just by selecting the name the image attaches to the entry
3) Unfortunately this site does not allow you to add videos…or in any that I can see.
Overall, this is great way to incorporate the social networking craze with some educational value. So please check it out or tell your teacher friends to.
So I begin by saying I must apologize for not writing soon. In order to make up for this I will be posting again tomorrow, something very cool and something I am certain that many teachers will use in their classroom. Well something I think they will be using, whether or not you who are teachers do is another story.
Now with my apology out there I would like to take a minute and stand on a kinda soap box. I am a librarian or media specialist (which ever you choose to call me), and unfortunately librarian/media specialist positions are being cut across the country from public schools. In the wake of online databases, ebooks, and Google many believe the roll of a librarian/media specialist is no longer needed or should no longer be taken seriously. I have even had close members of my inner circle wonder why librarians/media specialists are needed. Allow me to explain a little bit more about my job. I am not just a mere individual who sits in a room, tells kids to be quiet and check out books. Yes I am in a room (usually running around helping numerous amounts of students). Yes I am telling kids to be quiet (but only those who are decibels I feel are more in tune with rock concerts than the classroom…oh yes people the library is a classroom). And yes I check out books to students and not just for pleasure, no I have done nonfiction books as well since after all students are doing research papers anyway. But what else do I do?
Lets see. I teach lessons. what lessons? How to conduct research. How to write a research paper. How to use three different kind of educational databases. How to evaluate websites. Using different programs such as keynote, pages, and creating podcasts. I have also TAUGHT TEACHERS!!!! We educate students on how to conduct research yes, but we are also showing them how to be information and technology literate. What does this mean? Basically how to properly use the resources available to them; through keywords, evaluation. Ultimately I am an aide to every teacher in the school. I an a teacher to every student in the school. Librarians/media specialists must stay ahead of the curve. We need to know what is being used in the classroom now, as well as what is going to be coming into the classroom the next day, month, year.
So as I continue on my rant here, positions are being eliminated across the country. I would like you all to take a look at an article that was written on Huffingtonpost.com and just understand that this is a position that needs to be in the schools, and one that needs respected as a value participant in the learning environment.
BTW, music, art and dance teachers…I got your back too. We can’t get rid of your positions either but this is a blog written by a librarian so my priorities are focused elsewhere at the moment. No offense.
Thank you all for supporting me. I do greatly appreciate it! And look again tomorrow for what I think is a very cool application for classroom.