Welcome back, 2011-2012

               It’s been so long since my last post (it would have been four months tomorrow), that I almost abandoned this pet project I began back on a cold day in December 2007. I return, reluctantly, unsure that I can write a weekly post, but determined that what I am trying to do here (share resources, communicate with an audience, integrate technology into my work) is important not just to me, but to the students, teachers and school I serve.

               So, a belated welcome back for the 2011-2012 school year! As always, we at the HHS LMC are here to try to make your days as teachers, administrators and students better and more rewarding. Here’s my usual list of reminders:

Important library dates

  • 9/06, Tues: Teachers can begin scheduling class visits to check out books
  • 9/06, Tues: English teachers can bring down classes to pick up portfolios
  • 9/07, Wed: Freshman English teachers can begin scheduling for library orientation
  • 9/12, Mon: Study students can sign up for library study

For AV and media concerns, call (xt. 1143) if you need,

  • a bulb for your overhead projector
  • help connecting your tv, vcr or dvd player
  • a dvd player, vcr, cassette player, CD player, or radio
  • video projectors, I can’t promise to get you one right away

Review of basic library rules

  • Students may sign up for the library (if they have a scheduled study), only before the first bell of the school day or after the last bell of the day.
  • Students may not get a pass from their study or directed study teachers to the library. Subject teachers may send students with a pass (up to 3) to complete class work or take a test. (Please call to advise us if you are sending students out of a class)
  • Hats, hoods, cell phones, are not allowed. And every other rule in the student handbook also especially applies in the library.
  • The library is a large common space, available and welcoming to all who wish to convene (after making arrangements or getting a pass), thus anyone who disrupts or interferes with the WORK being done, will be asked to leave – and may be banned for some time, depending on the wishes of the Oracle.
  • Remember to leave the library the way you found it. If you moved a chair, put it back. If your students moved chairs, have your students put them back. Better still … don’t move the chairs.
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the library. Food includes anything you put in your mouth that you intend to swallow or chew on. Drink includes water. I can’t make this any clearer.
  • Students are to remain seated until the bell rings to mark the end of each class period. This is doubly true for the dismissal bell at 2:05. Visiting teachers are asked to please keep their students seated.

               We are here to help anyone and everyone who asks for help, especially when they ask with a smile. We love our LMC and believe that we can provide the best quality education for anyone who really aspires to learn, but WE NEED YOUR HELP. The library is not a holding pen, a hangout, an extension of any connected classrooms or anything else. It is the central temple of information and a repository of learning. Let’s WORK, to keep it that way.

               Before I go, I feel obliged to share an (almost) handful of new finds for the few readers who have read this all before, but still made it this far (and will hopefully return again):

  • American Culture according to Every Culture.com: Sometimes it’s hard to see yourself as others see you. This is not just true of individuals but of whole groups, even nations. How would you describe “America” or “Americans”. How many of us are there, where do we live, what do we do? http://www.everyculture.com/To-Z/United-States-of-America.html 
  • How Algorithms Shape our World: We don’t have enough videos about how mathematics play a real role in our lives. We also don’t have enough talks that make math as fascinating as Kevin Slavin discussion. Some of it sounds like science fiction, such as The Flash Crash of 2:45 or the idea of companies buying buildings only to house servers? According to Slavin, it seems like we’re living in a world controlled more and more by algorithms. http://www.ted.com/talks/kevin_slavin_how_algorithms_shape_our_world.html 
  • Cooking for Engineers: I love cooking, but I hate reading recipes. I know enough about the basics to get by on many dishes and sometimes what I really need is some simple guidance. At this site, a picture really is worth a thousand words as a recipe is explained with clear photos of the ingredients, cooking methods and final product. http://www.cookingforengineers.com/ 
  • How Language Transformed Humanity: An interesting talk about the power of language and a theory from the presenter about how language led to “cumulative cultural adaptation” which ultimately led to …. us. According to speaker, Mark Pagel, because of our need to communicate, and the new tools we are using to communicate, perhaps we’ll all be speaking just one language eventually. http://www.ted.com/talks/mark_pagel_how_language_transformed_humanity.html

I think that’s it for now. Thank you for stopping by and I’ll see you all tomorrow.

Copyright © henry toromoreno, 2011. All rights reserved.


About htwilson

born in brooklyn, raised in queens, massachusetts, that's where I be.
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