Book Club – Discussions About Books and BookCrossing

Another wonderful meeting today with our younger set as the only attendees. Charlie had rustled up a few mates and Ashley bravely participated in the discussions as the lone female other than Mrs. Smith and myself.

Book Club 28 March 1

Some good reads were shared, (and some biscuits, this time with a contribution from Lachlan), and as we have come to expect this term, everyone listened to each speaker with a high level of interest.

Book Club 28 March 2

We also discussed participating in BookCrossing as written about in The Age Good Weekend on Saturday 25th March. Next term we are going to have a go at leaving some titles in different locations and tracking what happens to them. It should be exciting.

Book Club 28 March 3

Professional Learning

It is really important for school library staff to maintain contact with others in the profession, particularly when so many of us work by ourselves in our schools.

Recently our local South West District School Library Association, a branch of the School Library Association of Victoria, met after school in the Hawkesdale P-12  Library (see slides 15 and 16).

A number of people were present representing primary and secondary schools from Hamilton, Portland and Warrnambool.

Discussions revolved around our spaces, our interests and our current relationship with electronic resources compared to books.

We adjourned from the Library to the Customs House Gallery, which is in the main street between the swimming pool and the Post Office. This small and beautiful space is owned by Des and Helen Bunyon who specialise in original art and prints by Australian Book Illustrators.  We saw works by:

Kerry Argent, Julie Vivas, Terry Denton, Graeme Base, Shaun Tan, Patricia Mullins to name a few.

You can visit their website here: https://customshousegallery.com.au/

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Photographs courtesy of Margaret Sinnott. Venue courtesy of Faye Matters.

 

 

 

Year 6 Master Note Taking and EBSCO Resources

This is a real advantage of having year 6 on the Senior Campus with access to resources recognised by tertiary institutions and teachers realistically preparing them for Years 7 – 12.

Students were introduced to the resource first with a guided walk-through, then given a model of how to take notes from the resource. The next stage will be teaching them how to reference the source, and how to create a written response using their notes and their own words.

EBSCO is available at home through the SIMON homepage and the Cornell note paper can be downloaded from the link on this blog post.

This is the sample note page – it is deliberately messy – notes are something you take quickly and which only need to be legible to the author:

note taking example

These images indicate the location of the resources and what the students have to complete next:

EBSCO 1EBSCO 2EBSCO 3

Year 6 note taking

 

 

Preparing for School Assessed Coursework tasks in Year 12 (SACs)

Several years ago we repurposed an old television trolley to make a four sided whiteboard on wheels. This has lived in our rather small space for several years, but now that we have more room it is really coming into its own.

Late last week Emily, Mr Sanders and Miss Waldron were busy annotating the effects of exercise. This week Andrew, Isabelle and Daniel were working quietly together making sense of a similar topic. This time they were caught in action!

The ADF Come to Visit

This morning a careers session led by  two Warrant Officers from the Australian Defence Forces was held in the reading area. The session was led by  two Warrant Officers, Jock Joce and Daniel McInnes. They talked with a receptive group of year 10 and 11 students.

It was a great setting for them to spread out resources and sit in comfort while explaining how to find out what the ADF can offer and how to tap in to their expertise. Several Year 12 students are phoning for personal discussions in the next few days.

Army Careers talk

Book Club Members Chewing and Choosing!

Members of the Book Club meet each Tuesday at recess, share some food and talk about enjoyable books. This week there was a special task – selecting titles from two big tubs delivered to our library by the wonderful staff at Warrnambool Books. Lots of impromptu reading (Mopoke by Philip Bunting) – and just like Leo, aged 3, whose comment appears on the landing page at the end of the web link, Lachlan laughed and said: “rude word”. Jarrod gave us a mellifluous rendition of That’s NOT a Hippopotamus!  – a very funny book from a New Zealand publisher. Zoe was critical of Mem Fox’s latest title: I’m Australian Too as she felt that the people in the story were stereotyped too much. What do other readers think?

Liam was delighted to have chosen the newest of the Star Wars books – a beautifully illustrated guide based on the latest movie, released in mid December last year. He was delighted to have it processed and delivered to him in class this afternoon.

This club is taking on a life of its own and developing a group personality which is delightful. Members should be congratulated on their inclusive approach to meetings and their shared leadership model.

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VCE Note-taking tips and tricks

The Cornell method is a way of taking notes to increase your results at the end of the unit, in the examination or in a school assessed coursework task. It taps in to the information that Elevate Education presented to you in Study Sensei (year 10) Memory and Mnemonics (Year 11) and Ace Your Exams (Year 12).

Wikipedia explains the method here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornell_Notes (accessed 8 March 2017).

You can make your own pages in a style that suits you in Word (handy if you use the reference generator to create your reference lists for assignments): https://www.timeatlas.com/cornell-note-template/

Or for a range of papers: https://www.wyzant.com/resources/lessons/study-skills/cornell-notes has a generator to personalize your note-taking paper.

Here is a first-hand account of how and why a post graduate student at the highest level of study uses this method:

https://thesiswhisperer.com/2012/12/12/turn-your-notes-into-writing-using-the-cornell-method/

This is a good method for note-taking as you read information – for example as you read your English texts or sections of your Geography, History or Science text books.

Notes taken in this manner lead to written responses that are in your own words and demonstrate your understanding. Your results will be better and your brain will have had more exercise.

When it comes to revision, using Cornell note pages will guide your flash card development, revision sheets, and mind maps.

Why not give it a go!