I have spent the past year as the graduate assistant for The Auburn Circle which is the university’s literary magazine, and I have loved every minute of it. With this experience, I hope to be able to offer high school students experience working with magazine design. I came across this screencast that shows how to use the app Flipboard to create a magazine. I would love to see how to make this possible with high school students using iPads!
How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d;
"Eloisa to Abelard" by Alexander Pope
How do you interpret this quote?
For its 70th anniversary, “The Little Prince” is getting a makeover. In a attempt to make it look more teenager-friendly, they have gone the vintage route, and I like it. I actually read this story in French class my senior year of high school and quickly fell in love with every aspect of this story. You can read the full article from Huffington Post here.
Making the Grade: Great Teachers in Our Schools
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." - The last line of The Great Gatsby
I am on a
huge enormous GARGANTUAN John Green kick right now. I can’t get enough of the way he so eloquently explains the seemingly unexplainable. In this video, Green explores the ideas of how education can and should travel outside of the classroom through technology.
In my technology class, we are discussing flipped classrooms, and John here gives me hope that this is in our future.
The best explanation I have ever seen for how and why we read. Thank you John Green for constantly teaching me something new.
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Before deciding librarianship is right for you, make sure you understand what today’s librarians do all day. If you want quiet and lots of time to read, think again. Today’s libraries are full of collegial, and sometimes even downright noisy, collaboration, creation, and community activities, and are as much about technology as print on paper.
Modern librarians need to be comfortable and conversant with technology, be willing and able to speak in public, and possess people skills and a commitment to lifelong learning, as the profession and the expertise necessary for success are constantly changing. (For example, this article, one of LJ’s most perennially popular, has been revised three times and changed significantly in less than a decade.)
This is what ALA had to say about the news circulating that a Chicago school district is currently trying to ban the graphic novel Persepolis from 7th graders stating it is too mature for that age group:
"As an institution of democracy and learning, CPS has a responsibility to actively model and practice the ideals of free speech, free thought, and access to information at the heart of our democracy," the ALA’s Barbara Jones wrote in a letter addressed to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Byrd-Bennett and the Chicago Board of Education President David Vitale Friday.
Sometimes when it seems that making English fun is impossible, I look for some way to give it an interesting twist. Most of the time, I don’t have to search far to find how someone else has already discovered how. Here is a website where Grant Snider has created comics for many of subjects we teach in our classroom. My favorite is the one above about literary devices.