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Monthly Archive for September, 2013

I’ve been following friends and acquaintances all day at the School Library Journal Summit in Austin, Texas.  I wanted to go so badly. I even asked my friend Rocco Staino about possible funding sources. He and Samantha McManus (Sullivan Middle, Rock Hill) both told me to apply for a  state library travel grant.   Great […]

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We have begun brainstorming for Teen Read Week, which is October 13-19, 2013.  We just wrapped up our Banned Books Week with a great contest in which the top ten challenged books of 2012 were strategically displayed with a hand covering the titles.  I had around 110 participants take a chance to win our contest. […]

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Over the last few years in my thus far 28 year old teaching career I can distinctly recall a portion of our welcome back meetings by district leaders focusing our attention on data: test scores, attendance, graduation rate, etc.  It’s just part of the nature of the education climate today. I may or may not […]

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I began reading up on the books being challenged this past year for a library display. Here are the books for 2012 that are the most frequently challenged books. I had to laugh at some of them, as of the top ten, seven are a part of our high school library collection. One is even […]

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Last week a teacher asked if I would come to her room and give the overview of our digital library resources that are good for research. I thought this would be a great lesson for our intern, Elizabeth Graham to lead. I shared with her what I had done with this class, a STEM Humanities class […]

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Our current USC-SLIS intern led a booktalk yesterday for one of our Honors English classes. They are setting up mini book clubs within the class, and each book club has to choose one of the dystopian books from the presented set. I am super impressed with the Prezi despite that I myself don’t enjoy them. […]

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SCASL participants filled the room in the TL Chat’s Back to School kick off tonight. These are the TL’s I saw in the room, and almost ALL of them used SCASL at the beginning of their room name: Tamara Cox Jennifer Tazerouti Monique German Liz Hood Heather Thole Monica Roveri Diana Carr Betsey Long Gaye […]

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Today I experienced my first edcamp.  It’s not a new concept, particularly to those who network online in various personalized learning communities. My friend Chris Craft had been saying for years we forward minded educators need to put something like this together. Two Rock Hill School administrators, Latoya Dixon and Michael Waiksnis, did just that. […]

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The good and the bad

These last two days were CRAZY in the library. I wished I’d had time to snap a photo or two. There were a few periods of time where we actually had three full classes! All total we hosted ten classes across four blocks two days in a row. This does not include our lunch visitors. […]

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