July 2005


Every educator knows how time-consuming even the simplest classroom management tasks can be. Every minute spent on block-printing desktop name tags, composing welcome letters, writing behavior reports, sketching state flag bingo cards, drawing Venn diagrams, or creating any of the other forms, letters, and work sheets teachers use every day is a minute lost to content-based planning and preparation. What teacher can afford to lose such valuable time?

Show your teachers this website. http://www.educationworld.com/tools_templates/index.shtml

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It may comfort you that people were prophesying it more than 100 years ago. This episode is part of the searchable text and audio archive of an outstanding radio series from The University of Houston’s College of Engineering about “the way inventive minds work.” http://www.uh.edu/engines/epi2009.htm

Those of us who were mere children in the 1950’s can relate to this article by an online librarian. http://marylaine.com/myword/boring.html

Information is the content that is around me. It’s numbers, words, video, sounds, pictures — it’s all around me. That that information becomes something that helps me to answer a question, solve a problem, or accomplish a goal, then it becomes knowledge. – David Warlick on 2-Cents Worth Blog, July 29, 2005

Consult a language arts teacher or a member of your district language arts curriculum committee to find out the writing expectations for each grade level. For example: Should students be using complex sentence structures? Share these skills while working with other subject areas teachers when students are creating written reports.

Tired of looking at the same old images on your computer desktops? Library Resourceshq.com has collected several screen savers applicable for library computers. You can find them at http://www.libraryhq.com/screensavers.html Now all you have to do is to convince your Technology Director to let you load them!

If you have time to browse a bit, there is a lot of useful information on other pages for this website. http://www.libraryhq.com

I am reprinting this short article from the Library Media Connection, March 2005, p. 12.

“Have the library media center Web address printed on bookmarks, fliers, brochures, newsletters, business cards, and other forms of printed materials. Send bookmarks home with students. Offer the business cards to administrators, community members, parents, and other educators. Staff members may also want business care to hand out.” – Debra Kay Logan, Mr. Gilead (Ohio) High School

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