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21st Century Dinosaurs

April 12, 2012

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A teacher I know was recently told that she was a dinosaur because she preferred books to iPads or Kindles.  A dinosaur?  We both thought that was a little harsh.  No, she doesn’t rush out to buy the latest tech gadget as soon as it comes out.  But she’s no Luddite; she is open to […]

Once a Librarian, Always a Librarian

April 12, 2012

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In October 2011 I took a very new career path.  I moved from the librarian at a private school to a middle school ELA teacher at a charter school.  While I adore my students and enjoy the subject area, I’m beginning to think I might miss being a librarian. For example, whenever I see students […]

The Newest Must-Have Gadget

March 29, 2011

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Great article today from The New York Times about which gadgets you should keep, and which you can give away. I love what the author, Sam Grobart, had to say about books: BOOKS Keep them (with one exception). Yes, e-readers are amazing, and yes, they will probably become a more dominant reading platform over time, […]

46 year old Returns to 2nd Grade

March 22, 2011

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Today I went to one of our 2nd grade classes to view their bat book.  The students were so proud and excited.  At the same time, I was listening to their vocal tones to see what I would have to teach them in our upcoming project.  They did a superb job with great intonation, phrasing […]

Death and Dying

March 17, 2011

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Author’s note:  I’ve been attending a 7th grade Hebrew class while they learn about Jewish death and burial customs and traditions. My Grandaddy Jim died when I was 9 years old. But I still remember him every day. He was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor, love of books, and love of […]

Labels Labels Labels

March 17, 2011

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Last year I managed to go back and put AR labels on all of the books in the E section, a major undertaking, as well as half of the Fiction books.  So far this year I’ve completed the Fiction section, the Biography section, the 900 History section, and the 800 Literature section. It’s been a […]

Is Technology Ruining Our Children’s Brains?

March 17, 2011

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I just read this very thought-provoking article from the New York Times, “Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction.”The authors share the story of a Vishal, a bright high school senior whose grades have taken a major downturn since he discovered youtube and facebook. In the very beginning of the article, Vishal decides to watch youtube […]