Winter Lunch Times

We can all go a little bit crazy at this time of the year, and exercise can be hard to achieve. This is what we were getting up to in our library on Tuesday!

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The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville

This term students are studying The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville and the nature of the task lends itself to some imagination and creativity.

To foster this process, a collaborative activity has been set up in the Winifred Berry Information Centre and it is interesting to see staff and students working in such a different manner.

 

Book Club and Book Crossings

Hooray – we finally had a Tuesday that was uninterrupted by other events, much to our leader Lachlan’s pleasure. Members got to see new arrivals from Lamont Books, and they had the opportunity to choose one title to read first.  Another enthusiastic meeting of a mainly male crew.

We have our first book ready to be set free as part of the Book Crossing program. The book will be launched  “into the wild” in a zip-lock page (for waterproofing) with a notice saying what Book Crossing is and a unique code number. The person who adopts the book will be asked to log its journey on the website using the unique code. If you live near Heywood, keep an eye open for a small package left lying in a shop!

 

 

Knitting Club is launched

knitting 1knitting 2On Thursday last week Zoe’s long held dream of starting a knitting club came to fruition.  We were all delighted by the number who came, and very pleased to see so many Year 11 boys stepping up to the mark. Days and times are now set (Thursdays at recess or other times as requested), wool and needles have been sourced, and a scarf pattern booklet has been purchased for these amazing young men to use for reference.

There will be lessons available for beginners – which I believe is the category of this cohort – and we have some Year 8 students who intend to come along.

New members will be welcome – and as Zoe told members: learning a new skill can count towards Duke of Edinburgh awards, as can social service. As we intend knitting for the aged and or the homeless, two boxes can be ticked off by attending one event for a few weeks until we finish a scarf or a square!

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

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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Debating Issues with Year 11 English

One of the best aspects of working with classes is the need for the teacher-librarian and Library assistant to engage with the subject’s content and engage with the Library catalogue offerings. This week Mrs. Bradbeer’s Year 11 English class was booked in to prepare for in class debates.  Three topics were set (chosen from the Debating Association of Victoria) and each provided a research challenge in terms of locating information to underpin the arguments.

Debating skill development and examples – an OLIVER search revealed some debating resources explaining tactics, rules and protocols.  These were displayed in the reading are where they were working during their English lesson, and the QR code below was added to a sign, linking them to an OLIVER search result of these titles and relevant websites.

debating resources

The EBSCO data base offers a range of peer reviewed and newspaper articles, and ClickView has online video material to support the debaters with content generation in terms of their presentation and persuasion techniques. These resources are accessible to all students through SIMON (our learning management system).

Resources

 

The three topics:

  1. That parents should not be allowed to refuse medical treatment for their child.

Resources:

http://theconversation.com/when-parents-disagree-with-doctors-on-a-childs-treatment-who-should-have-the-final-say-64813

http://www.findlaw.com.au/articles/4543/family-law-parental-consent-to-medical-treatment-o.aspx

https://aifs.gov.au/publications/citizen-child-australian-law-and-childrens-rights/8-medical-procedures-children

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/MonashULawRw/2009/14.pdf

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-case-of-oshin-kiszko-think-before-you-judge-20161229-gtjjh8.html

2. That we should fear the development of artificial intelligence

Resources:

https://futureoflife.org/background/benefits-risks-of-artificial-intelligence/

https://theconversation.com/artificial-intelligence-heres-what-you-need-to-know-to-understand-how-machines-learn-72004

https://theconversation.com/robot-rights-at-what-point-should-an-intelligent-machine-be-considered-a-person-72410

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH_B5xh42xc

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20161110-the-real-risks-of-artificial-intelligence

https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/28/artificial-intelligence-and-the-law/

3. That we should abolish the ATAR system of university entrance

Resources:

·       A summary of the ATAR system from VTAC: http://www.vtac.edu.au/results-offers/atar-explained.html

·       In 2016 the Higher Education Standards Panel released a report on aspects of the ATAR system. You can read the report at https://www.education.gov.au/news/release-higher-education-standards-panel-report-improving-transparency-higher-education and a media article summarising the report at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-16/atar-system-criticised-by-panel-of-education-experts/8029482.

·       An article considering alternative university entrance systems: http://theconversation.com/ideas-from-abroad-reforming-the-australian-university-admissions-system-63873

·       A discussion on positive and negative aspects of the ATAR: http://theconversation.com/should-we-scrap-the-atar-what-are-the-alternative-options-experts-comment-55501

·       A newspaper article about mental health and the VCE: http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/news/geelong/vce-anxiety-our-kids-are-worried-sick-about-school/news-story/9db67472d49464357f95e2110384f611

And the search techniques recommended for EBSCO:

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It was wonderful to work with each group and observe their tactics, as well as support their content development and growing understanding of how to present a case for either the affirmative or the negative.  I look forward to hearing about their debates and the results that the adjudicator arrives at when each participant presents their case.