Thursday, November 13, 2008

Globally "Standing By Each Other"

Here is an amazing example of our global connectedness. We are able to sing together. What other peaceful possibilities are there?

I choose to DREAM BIG!

This song is going to carry me through my busiest day in the library media center.
I feel supported globally.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Historical Moments in our Land

The Newseum shares all the covers of leading newspapers in the United States. It powerfully conveys the significance of our recent election.

I pray for President-elect Barack Obama as he already is preparing for the task at hand.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

K-12 Online Conference is Engaging Lifelong Learners

Thanks to David Warlick and Darren Kuropatwa for sharing this resource of visual pages. The K-12 Online Conference is offering many enriching speakers and inspiring concepts that we can apply in our classrooms.

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Hopefully you will have time to listen to a few inspiring and innovative learners.

Side note:

Obama will be at a Rally in our town today. This feels like history in the making.
My library media center responsibilities are preventing me from attending this event.
It sounds like there will be a crowd attending to hear about his drive for change.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Saturday, July 05, 2008

What is Reading Comprehension?

This past week I met with a sales representative for Accelerated Reading. It left me with a feeling of Big Business taking over our educational job of creating a lifelong passion for reading. The above slideshow resonates with my personal goal to take reading comprehension to a deeper level with my library media center visitors. When PreK-5 students come to the Cub Run LMC for literacy lessons, I hope to give them tools that will assist them in making sense of the text at a personal level.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Community vs Classroom

Our Cub Run Elementary Library Media Center is still under construction. The mission is already alive and well.

Mission Statement:

to ensure that students and staff are lifelong readers and effective users of ideas and information in a print and digital world.


I have such a deep passion for creating a sense of community in our schools versus just rote learning in our classrooms. The 21st century is calling me to guide elementary students on the global learning journey. With the connectivity that is available at our fingertips, I must not be afraid to open my students to the real learning opportunities that are currently available.

Best wishes to our journey of lifelong learning!


Monday, April 21, 2008

In Honor of Earth Day

Last Tuesday, my third grade students hosted a Discovery Courtyard Walking Tour to celebrate wise use of our environment. It was a thrill to see the students taking ownership of our mini micro-habitats.

Parents and grandparents were treated to our "Secret Garden". Teams shared insights on the Prairie Grasslands Region, Solar Power Project, Desert Plateau Region, Woodlands Region, and Pond Ecosystem.

The Mountain View Elementary Discovery Courtyard has been a project in the making over the last eight years since the school opened in 2000. It has earned the National Wildlife Federation's Schoolyard Habitat honors. Students are eager to engage in outdoor learning projects in this Discovery Courtyard setting.


Friday, February 15, 2008

21st Century Library Media Center Here I Come!

On Tuesday night, the Rockingham County School Board approved my new position as library media specialist for the new Cub Run Elementary School. It was an honoring experience to be the first hired staff member that the principal chose to make for this school. The library media center has become an essential learning hub of the 21st century school model. I instantly felt goosebumps as I read Joyce Valenza's well wishes warmly stated in my Facebook inbox. Her "Manifesto for 21st Century School Librarians" gives me focus and vision as I start getting bids from jobbers for the Opening Day Collection.
Doug Johnson posted a blog about "Not Your Grandma's Librarian" He made reference to the Scholastic Administrator article, "Meet Your New Library Media Specialist"

One of my Twitter friends, technolibrary, shared this great YouTube link.
Here's an innovative library media specialist that I can use as a role model.

Now it is time to begin plans for the creation of a warm exciting place for lifelong learning.

Get a Voki now!

I feel surrounded with such positive energizing professionals in my learning network.
Thanks for cheering me on in this new endeavor.

top photo taken on 2/11/08 by Margo Jantzi