It's National Bullying Prevention Month; find a book about the effects of bullying or how to handle a bullying situation. Our counselors have been working actively with students to raise awareness. The 8th grade learned about Cyberbullying and ways to deter bullies. All our students have been talking about bullying awareness and engaging by wearing blue for Worldwide Anti-Bullying Day and orange for Unity Day. The books are quickly disappering from the display as many are checking them out.
Our front window display has a spooky setup of Halloween-themed books. The candy corn tree lights draw eyes to our great book covers, with books ranging from fiction horror to non-fiction drawing books. This shelf also has been clearing quickly! It's fun to pick a new variety to display every day!
We have a new enrichment group this week. 7th Grade is doing the Expository Mural Project this session. In the next four weeks, student research teams work to explore a Global CIvil Rights theme. They will use a variety of print and online resources to learn about the causes, experiences and effects of Civil Rights Movements around the world. Their culminating activity is creating icons to represent their theme, summarizing their area of study and creating a collective poster of images and information for our window displays. It's a fun way to learn research skills!
We have been working with Ms. Hewett's 8th grade classes to learn how to research in databases, challenge themselves to read peer-reviewed professional journals, cite them properly, and glean information to support their position in an arguement. Thanks, NC WiseOwl and ProQuest for such wonderful resources!
Ms. Moseley's Spanish classes completed cultural research on Hispanic countries. They used a variety of print and online resources like CultureGrams and TripAdvisor to create a travel brochure. Her CIA Classes are working in reasearch groups to create a country profile. They are expanding outside the curriculum to include countries like France, Jamacia, Russia and Ireland.
Ms. Fairbanks is working with her CIA groups and classes in the computer lab for her nutrition unit.
Ms. Hodge's CIA group did an exploration project with a science topic of interest. The students had some very interesting ideas!
Mr. Huber's classes came to get ready for Teen Read Week next week. They are participating in this year's 40-book challenge, so they came to hear my "10 Books in 5 Minutes" booktalk. I chose books with the "Explore Your Library" theme: adventure, mystery, fantasy and survival. A student in the group set a timer to see if I could make it, ringing the bell when my five minutes were up. Although I only made it to seven books during the four classes, it was a success. I had students rush the book cart to check out the books I demonstrated, along with similar books on the cart. Great job, Mr. Huber's classes!
These students were able to have access to quality print materials, in addition to quality online resources, thanks to our supportive principal, who makes our learning commons a priority. Thanks for your support, Ms. Castleberry!