Post Fishbowl Discussion 1 Reflections

  • What themes, ideas, and connections emerged from your cohort’s fishbowl discussion today?  What ideas were most interesting or informative for you?
  •  What worked well for you in today’s discussion? What suggestions might you have to make our next discussion better?

Please share your thoughts and reflections in two well-organized paragraphs.  


August 23, 2011: Nonfiction Research and Reflection 1

Thank you for taking time to search, access, and reflect upon a nonfiction related to a current issue happening in a region or country in Africa.    Please organize your five categories of response in the comment space at the end of this post in the following manner; you may use block paragraphing to separate sections.

MLA Citation of Your Actual Information Source (you may use NoodleTools or the built in MLA style citation of your article to create the generation.  See Ms. Hamilton if you need help!).

Factual Summary:  short summer of the nonfiction piece you’ve read

A.  Identify vocabulary words in the article that were unfamiliar or somewhat difficult to understand
B.  Explain how your resolved of understanding with the words

Interpretation:  what was the main point the author wanted you to get from reading this work?

A.  With which points of the piece did you agree or find easy to accept?  Why?
B.  With which points of the piece did you disagree or find difficult to believe? Why?

Personal Response:  

What do you think about this piece  OR how does this piece influence your ideas?

Day in the Life of Media21: Jessica’s Perspective

In my experience with learning 21 there are rough spots. There are always technical issues that slow you down and put you behind schedule;  however, there are many perks. The things I learn in Media 21 I can use at home or in different areas of my life. These tools make learning easier they make information more accessible and easier to keep track of. Using the tools in learning 21 have made essays and research papers easier to write as well as less stressful. I enjoy using the tools from Media21 and plan to use them in different areas of my life this year as well as years to come.

Here is a video I created with a quick overview of how to use some of the features of NoodleTools/NoodleBib:

Here is a video interview in which I explain how I use Evernote in my personal life:

A Conversation for Learning: Media 21 Students Share Their Search Stories and Strategies

Seeing students utilize the information literacy skills you’ve previously taught them in a new context and independently without it being a mandate is probably one of the most joyful experiences as a librarian and teacher.  Take a look at how one of our inquiry groups is growing as budding researchers and demonstrating these skills, dispositions, responsibilities, and self-assessment strategies from the AASL Standards for 21st Century Learners:

  • 1.1.8 Demonstrate mastery of technology tools for accessing information and pursuing inquiry.
  • 1.2.1 Display initiative and engagement by posing questions and investigating the answers beyond the collection of superficial facts.
  • 1.1.9 Collaborate with others to broaden and deepen understanding.
  • 1.2.2 Demonstrate confidence and self-direction by making independent choices in the selection of resources and information.
  • 1.2.7 Display persistence by continuing to pursue information to gain a broad perspective.
  • 1.4.1 Monitor own information-seeking processes for effectiveness and progress, and adapt as necessary.
  • 1.4.2 Use interaction with and feedback from teachers and peers to guide own inquiry process.
  • 3.2.3 Demonstrate teamwork by working productively with others.

Issues Military Families Face in Times of War

In response to your fourth set of assigned pages in your book this week (January 6), write 3 paragraphs that inform your understanding of the issues that soldiers and their families face in times of war.

Paragraph One–You may use one of the writing sparks on the back of the Reader Response hand-out to get you started. Make sure that whichever one you choose informs your understanding of the soldier and his family. Identify the issue they face and all the elements involved.

Paragraph Two–Same directions as for Para One

Paragraph Three–Compose a lead-in for a quote from the pages you have read for today and type thequote with an MLA citation. The quote must relate to the soldier and his or her family. Explain how the quote helps you understand a specific issue they are facing. How do they cope with the issue?

Lit Circle 2 Blog Posts on the Family

This second reader response to your lit circle book must be posted by the beginning of class on Thursday, December 2, and you must bring a printed copy with you to class on Thursday for the lit circle meeting. Make sure you have a new recorder ready to take notes of the meeting.

Paragraph one–a well-developed paragraph in response to one of the sparks on your hand-out

Paragraoh two–a well-developed paragraph in response to another spark on your hand-out

Paragraph three–your eplanation of how a quote from your reading this week informs your understanding of military families and the challenges they face and the soldiers face