Monday, September 29, 2008
Yet another blog
I've started a new blog at: http://parsingfairuse.blogspot.com/ to discuss copyright and blogging. I'm in grad school for my library science degree and this is one of our assignments. I've chosen to focus on copyright and writing online, specifically on blogging and posting poetry written by other writers. Since I've long enjoyed Friday Poetry posts I want to explore the best practices in the blogging community for posting poetry. Please feel welcome to visit my new blog and and your comments about blogging and copyright. What do you think about posting the full text of poems written by others, published elsewhere or not? What would you do if you discovered someone reposted your work without your knowledge or permission?
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Time to Reflect
Jeff Utecht has a great post up at U Tech Tips about reflection during work hours. As teachers and librarians we seldom find time during work hours to actually sit and think about what we are doing and what we want to be doing. Intentional reflection is a huge part of learning and we expect our students to do it; but do we give ourselves permission and scheduled time to do it at work? For me reflection means time to sit and stare out the window thinking, and then time to read and write. I find myself trying to squeeze in reflection time at home in the wee hours or late at night when my children are asleep. If they aren't sleeping on schedule, or if I have grad school work, a social engagement or presidential debates to watch, I'm not writing.
I am really fortunate to be in a school where administrators value reflection and have actually told me on more than one occasion that they expect me to spend time reading journals, attending professional development sessions, planning and reflecting on our programs. I am expected to state professional development and educational goals every year and I am held accountable to meeting them. Even so, it's hard to find the time to do it on a daily basis. This year the library is so busy with multiple classes scheduled in an out all day that I rarely have time to sit and think or read about what other librarians are thinking. My blog reading for the kidlit blogs has dropped off the chart. I keep hoping that as soon as we get out of September I'll get a handle on the school year and we'll be back on track. I have a feeling that's not going to happen unless I make it.
How do you find time for reflection during your work day? Or how could you?
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Review: Grandmama's Pride
As Sarah Marie begins to learn to read she discovers the signs she has seen hanging all over town say things like, "WHITE ONLY", "Colored Women", and "Colored Waiting Room". Her little sister still can't read the signs. Sarah steps right into the strategy of the older women in the family by explaining to little sister, "You don't want to sit on those public benches. You don't know who's been sitting there." instead of reading the shameful signs to her.
Back up north after the vacation she begins to read the paper and learns about the bus boycott ending in victory and the Civil Rights movement bringing other changes. She reads words she can't understand but it begins to come together in her mind when she realizes why her Grandmama refused to ride the bus or drink from segregated water fountains. Next summer when they return south the laws have changed and Grandmama leads the family in celebrating their growing rights.
There is an author's note in the back of the book explaining the historic background of her fictional story that is based on true events. The illustrations by Colin Bootman are perfectly balanced between to beauty of the characters and the ominous evil of the discrimination they fought. Grandmama's Pride is a good picture book for older readers learning about a difficult struggle in our history told through the eyes of those that lived through monumental changes. Highly recommended.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
September 21 Haiku
Saturday, September 20, 2008
21st Century Library Skills
http://wordle.net/. Images of Wordles are licensed .
ALA site - explanation of the new standards
The learning standards begin by defining nine foundational common beliefs:
- Reading is a window to the world.
- Inquiry provides a framework for learning.
- Ethical behavior in the use of information must be taught.
- Technology skills are crucial for future employment needs.
- Equitable access is a key component for education.
- The definition of information literacy has become more complex as resources and technologies have changed.
- The continuing expansion of information demands that all individuals acquire the thinking skills that will enable them to learn on their own.
- Learning has a social context.
- School libraries are essential to the development of learning skills.
The Standards describe how learners use skills, resources, and tools to
- inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge;
- draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge;
- share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society;
- pursue personal and aesthetic growth.
School Library Monthly - article skills March, 2008
Information Wants to be Free - blog on library skills
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Cybils 2008 is beginning!
Monday, September 15, 2008
September 15 Haiku
Monday, September 08, 2008
Review: Life is a Verb
The book is divided into section based on the six principals of Patti's focus, or "practices for intentional living":
- Intensity: Say Yes
- Inclusion: Be Generous
- Integrity: Speak Up
- Intimacy: Love More
- Intuition: Trust Yourself
- Intention: Slow Down
As I was reading through the book I found many areas of challenge that I would like to follow up. I decided to just chose one thing to do for the next 37 days, with the hope that I can keep my life simplified and challenged at the same time. September is a hard time to take up additional challenges, what with all of us back in school and our schedules so hectic. I've decided to commit to spending at least 10 minutes a day with my sons doing nothing but listening and watching them. As part of my 365 photo project I'll probably be photographing them. As busy as we are, it's the little times together that often get cut so I think this focus will be an island of connection for all of us.
All the art in the book was created for her by readers of her blog. The collages are thoughtful interpretations of the themes of each chapter and they are quite beautiful. I think it's remarkable that so many talented people chimed in and that she was able to publish all of them as part of her book. In addition, in the past month she's been publishing essays written by her readers telling how they are inspired to invest in their lives with the "37 days" challenges.
To read some of Patti's essays, go to her web page here, scroll down, and click on the links in the sidebars: "Favorite Essays" and "Patti's Recent Articles".
Patti is doing book tours this fall, reading from Life is a Verb. The full schedule is here. If she is in your area I encourage you to attend and let her know you are in the audience. She loves to give out little gifts to her readers. This book is highly recommended for anyone who wants more out of life.
Monday, September 01, 2008
I found this at Adventures in Daily Living. It sounds like me alright. I always wanted to be a forest ranger. What about you?