Our G6 Language & Literature classes have just started a unit on "Unlikely Heroes" and I must admit I've been having an amazing time finding some fantastic new biographies and memoirs to entice them into reading this genre and keeping an interest in the lives of people who may not always make the headlines, or … Continue reading Unlikely new nonfiction
One regularly hears phrases bandied around schools such as "Every teacher is a language teacher"; or "Every class should start with 10 minutes of reading" and you'd be hard pressed to find a teacher who doesn't agree in theory, that reading is a good thing. But then there is the "reality" of supposed too little … Continue reading Content plus
What research looks like
Lest I be accused of being too negative on the information literacy side of things I wanted to post something positive. A while back I was listening to an interesting enough book, (Gup, 2014) but the most fascinating part, and what sent me back to the eBook version was the part where the author explained … Continue reading What research looks like
Are we teaching dogs to chase cars?
I'd love a dollar for every time as a TL I'm asked to teach students "how to search" or "search terms" or "searching. Once upon a time I complied. I've become a bit more bolshie in my old age. I now try to engage. Engage in a conversation as to what exactly the teaching and … Continue reading Are we teaching dogs to chase cars?
Beyond beyond search and cite
A long while ago (3 years) I wrote a post about the fact that we needed to look beyond "search and cite" in teaching information literacy and look at the threshold concepts of research, and a presentation I'd given on the theme. I remember at the time seeing half the audience (of librarians) eyes glazing … Continue reading Beyond beyond search and cite
Ask the inhabitants
My online library network is getting excited about a couple of articles that are challenging beliefs. There's danah boyds' You Think You Want Media Literacy… Do You? it is an incredibly powerful article that needs to be printed out and highlighted and read very slowly. A couple of times. One passage that struck me epitomised the near … Continue reading Ask the inhabitants
The second shift
Last night my daughter asked me about citations for her Geography project. Now let it be made clear, my children, while lovely human beings, are in the "potted plant" phase of adolescence. So this was pretty rare. It's also rare for them to acknowledge my knowledge or specialisation either. But despite her multi-big-$$ education in … Continue reading The second shift
#fakenews – symptom or disease?
Last week I attended a "#Call to Action: Fake News, Misinformation and Post-Truth" held by the SMU libraries in Singapore. Library network groups are full of requests for student appropriate examples of fake news. Most librarians have a stock list starting from the spaghetti harvest (1957) / tree octopus (1988). And we've unfortunately become over … Continue reading #fakenews – symptom or disease?
No excuses: Facebook
Continuing in my series of "no excuses" rants, I'm moving onto a biggie. Facebook. Except my rant isn't so much against FB - everyone has done a better and more eloquent version of it in one form or another from one viewpoint or another. It's more a rant against us librarians as consumers of FB … Continue reading No excuses: Facebook
How to get free PD
Quite a few schools in our network have cut-back on funding for professional development and have either started limiting the time off or financial support for PD. This is extremely disappointing, as PD can be the lifeblood of educators, and dare I say, particularly for teacher-librarians with their often solitary status within a school. There … Continue reading How to get free PD