It's been too long since the last blog posting! I know because I say to myself, every day, "Blog...you need to blog...are you going to blog?", and I find that I have just had too much going on to get to it. No good excuses!
So, here come the SGD kids into the Media Center to ask for help in making game pieces using the 3D printer, which was great fun! Lot's of challenges, but lots of childish moments, as well. When the printer decided to not be happy about printing certain game pieces (read: it quit in the middle of these print jobs, and would "air print", so, we had to figure that out...), and we were running out of time to get pieces modeled, I decided that this was THE perfect moment to break out the 3Doodler 3D pens!
Okay...the reality is that this was going to be fun. The pumpkins that were not complete on the top? Well, put leafy green tops on them! The corn that was not allowed to "grow" to its full height? Well, just add to them! After all was said and done, they were easy fixes, and the end result was more personal. Besides, each piece is now unique!
After all this excitement, we looked over, and the pens just beckoned for us to come... and play. What could we make? How does it work? What is the learning curve? Students pulled out the instructions, and played! Above are a few images of some of the crude renderings. They were so much fun to make! Come by and give it a try!
And now, our inner child is at peace!!
Well, it's been a well known fact for awhile that finding materials here in the Media Center has not been easy for most. I have realized this for a long time, but I didn't want to have just regular, flat, informative yet boring signage up. I wanted my signs to pop!
So, this being the school of PBL, I am happy to announce that as a sign-of-the-times, the Media Center, SGD, and Art classes have entered into a PBL phase where there will be 2 and 3-dimensional art used to direct students to library materials in the near future! Students are learning about Dewey, and why things are classified as they are here at the Media Center! When they are done, we will have dynamic, custom signage that will illustrate what section you are looking in, or where to go to find books that you are looking for!
It was a really great, LONG weekend for most of us. However, in all that time, the rain just kept on coming down. It was really hard to get off a comfy pillow, with hot coffee, jammies, and something wonderful to watch or read! Maybe that was the point? Maybe the down time was allowable because the weather was not going to allow for much more than that. I think I will choose to look at it that way!
Today, we spent some time as a group learning to celebrate the positive. Our fearless leader, Dr. Thompson, showed us a video clip about a photographer for the National Geographic. The trick about getting all those wonderful pictures, he said, was to be open to it. Several awesome quotes, including this: "I won't see it until I believe it!" (Jones) The general message being that if we don't look for what is exciting, or even believe that we will find what is exciting, then we won't ever see it. However, if we believe we will BEFORE we see it, or experience it, then we WILL!
One more quote that struck home for me was, " Light doesn't have to trust to show itself." (Jones) Think about that for a minute. We are always looking for trusty footholds when climbing a rock, or to have a trusted friend tell us about something new before we try it for ourselves. We are insurance policyholders, in most aspects of our lives. We want to experience the excitement, but we want to know that it's okay, or safe, to do so! But think about the light, Jones says. Light doesn't ask if it's safe to come out. There is something to be said for behaving this way. Be like a light! Show yourself! Let others see you, with no shadows for protection. If you put yourself out there, and you mess up...well, then...CONGRATULATIONS!! The truth is that the answers are there. They will come, if you are open to seeing them.
So, LET THE SUN SHINE! What is exciting to you!? What is there to celebrate!? Let me know!!!
Jones, Dewitt. “Celebrate What’s Right With the World: The Film.” Celebrate What’s Right With the World. Celebrate What’s Right With the World, 1 Jan. 2015. Web. 7 Oct. 2015.
Nothing says lovin' like your 9 yr. old daughter crying at your bedside at 2 in the morning, telling you her stomach hurts, and then showing you why. My daughter did that early Monday morning, and after cleaning up and spending some time in my bathroom with her hugging the porcelain throne, I thought to myself how the unexpected just thrusts itself upon you at the most inconvenient times.
Don't misunderstand me...I love my baby girl, and being there for her is my job as a parent. But into the morning, I thought about how I did not expect to be home and not at work, on Monday. There were some pleasant aspects to this, like a slow cup of coffee on the deck while waiting for the pediatric nurse to call me back about an appointment time. I did not expect to have all the paperwork I left out on my desk at work on Friday to have to be packed up and put in my office so as to allow others to watch the Media Center in my absence (thanks peeps!!), leaving me in a bit of disarray when I returned on Tuesday. Then, I thought about bigger unexpected turns my life has taken.
Like, how if you had asked me 20 years ago, I would never have imagined I'd be living in Raleigh, OR, that I would be a librarian! Life just takes you on a journey that you were not expecting, and so, I am thinking that even when life gives you lemons (or a pukey daughter @ 2a.m.), there truly is lemonade to enjoy after awhile.
What unexpected things have happened to you?
As an information junkie, I like to listen to what is being said around me. Call me a audio voyeur...what people are saying and talking about is interesting to me. It's especially important to be a good listener when someone is asking me for something. Students come into the Media Center, and they ask for help with a variety of things. It's really important to me to truly hear what they are saying so that I can actually help them get what it is they are looking for, be it materials or information.
I try to use active listening when I am having trouble understanding what is being asked of me. Active listening is simply the act of telling the other person what you thought you heard them say. Often times, this can help bring clarity to a conversation. That's because sometimes what you thought you heard is NOT what was being said! Then, you can take the conversation to the place where it was supposed to be.
So, my question for you, today, is...how do you listen?
...there was the first post.
I have to tell you that I have never blogged, before. This is a new adventure for me! I thought that it would be interesting to put information out there so that more information could come in, and my guilty pleasure of assimilating new information could begin in grander style! So, what kind of information am I going to share, today?
I have to admit that I love how this year has been going. I was a bit apprehensive about getting freshmen, and having new sophomores, and especially how that might work out in this smaller space. But you know what? I LOVE it!! These kids have been great! They are inquisitive, and excited! Their optimism is infectious! Best of all, you come in to the Media Center, and you check out books! You ask questions! You ask really great questions!
So, in the beginning, a new set of students and a new year began. Ms. Ray blogged for the first time! Tell me about something new that you have done this year, and how that was?