Welcome Back to the Media Center!
Eighth grade classes are visiting the media center along with their Reading or Origins classes for a review of the media center behavior expectations, policies, and procedures. In designated groups, students will visit stations to complete specific objectives. Media specialist Mrs. Baker, along with Durham Reading and Origins teachers, will guide students along the way. Also during their visit, students will have the opportunity to check out materials. Yay for reading more books this year!
For all the details, check out the Media Center 8th Grade Orientation Guide.
At STATION 7, be sure to check out the NSTeens Quiz and respond to the the questions.
At STATION 8, be sure to view NSTeens’ video 6 Degrees of Information and complete the corresponding questions.
Since the fall of the 2016 school year, the Durham Media Center has been abuzz with Breakouts! Collaboration requests have come from far and wide. All grade levels and a variety of content areas including social studies, science, Spanish, reading and language arts have experienced Breakout EDU through collaborative efforts with the media center. One of the greatest challenges of being an educator is getting students to “buy into” the learning. So often it’s the teachers, rather than the students, who are excited about the topics or subjects of study. That’s not the case with Breakout EDU. This learning concept “tricks” kids into learning. Without even realizing it, students are evaluating puzzles and riddles through thinking critically, calling upon prior knowledge, looking through a variety of different lenses, working with peers, and guiding their learning in a setting where the teacher serves on the periphery rather than as the lead. Students must also persevere through frustration and change what they are doing until they figure out the “problem.” Breakout EDU has been an amazing experience at Durham this school year. Here’s a culmination of the awesomely innovative learning experiences Durham Middle students and staff have had through Breakout EDU.
Media Specialist Mrs. Baker, Media Paraprofessional Tracey Webb, and Spanish teacher Mrs. Fugate collaborated to bring the concept of Breakout EDU to Senora Fugate’s 8th grade Spanish students. These 8th graders are first year Spanish students who were also new to the Breakout experience. In groups, they were taxed with working collaboratively to read Spanish passages and maps and to solve puzzles that opened a variety of locks. This Breakout was adapted from “Un Escape con Abuela” via Martina Bex’s website The Comprehensible Classroom and is also accessible via Teachers Pay Teachers. The students were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Despite frustrations, almost all the groups overcame the challenges and broke into their boxes! Here’s some evidence of how these kiddos surmounted the obstacles.
In honor of “The Master of Horror,” Edgar Allan Poe, the media center is collaborating with Reading and Language Arts teachers to help students better understand the impact Poe’s body of work (Do you know his writing spans a variety of genres?) has had on American Literature. Use Mrs. Baker’s Edgar Allan Poe Video Guide while viewing Georgia Public Broadcasting’s Great Books: Tales of Edgar Allan Poe , with an introduction by Mrs. Baker, to assist in your understanding of the major points within the video segment.
Teachers may also wish to utilize Great Books Tales of Edgar Allan Poe Teacher’s Guide provided by Georgia Public Broadcasting to help lead students through their individualized, grade level appropriate standards.
Also, be sure to take advantage of the myriad print and digital resources on Poe that are available in Durham’s Media Center. Many are currently featured on the “Spooky Books” display, but be sure to search Poe in Destiny to see all the super cool items available for check out.
Great Books: Tales of Edgar Allan Poe Discovery Education, 2003 . Full Video.
Discovery Education. Web. 27 October 2014. <http://www.discoveryeducation.com/>.
Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 23 Oct 2014.
WANT MORE POE? Check out Thinkport for an abundance of awesome Poe resources including lesson plans, engaging activities, poetry readings, online field trips and so much more! Under “Interactive Media” click on “Knowing Poe,” or simply search “Poe” in the search box. Be sure to have plenty of time set aside to peruse this resource. You will get sucked in!
The Durham Media Center recently celebrated students who seized the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge by awarding them with fun gift bags filled with Scholastic loot assembled by Media Specialist Mrs. Baker and student members of the Library Media Committee. The goodies were made possible because of earnings from last spring’s Scholastic Book Fair. Goody bags included a coupon for a brand new paperback book or poster of each student’s choosing from Mrs. Baker’s Scholastic book stash as well a stickers, book marks, fun erasers and pencils, and even coupons from local eateries. Here are some snapshots of the Library Crew having fun assembling the bags as well as the recipients.
Eighth grade classes are visiting the media center along with their Reading or Origins classes for a review of the media center policies and procedures. Returning Durham students will have the opportunity to see all the latest books added since the spring and to use technology, like the Simplicity Touch Panel, that they may not have utilized last school year. Students new to Durham will have the chance to see all the Durham Media Center offers to help students succeed academically. In designated groups, students will visit stations to complete specific objectives. Media specialist Mrs. Baker, Media paraprofessional Mrs. Webb, and Durham reading and origins teachers will help guide students along the way.
Complete the attached Media Center 8th Grade Orientation Guide
At Station 7, be sure to check out the NSTeens Quiz and respond to the the questions.
At Station 8, be sure to view NSTeens’ video 6 Degrees of Information and complete the corresponding questions.
The Cobb County School District’s Library Media Education Department, in conjunction with Cobb County Public Libraries, Smyrna Public Library and Marietta City Schools, has partnered with Scholastic once again to bring you the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. During the final days of school, Durham’s Media Center staff will be sharing each student’s unique Scholastic password and will be guiding students with their initial log-ins and password resets. For an abundance of resources regarding how you can keep your students reading through the summer, be sure to check out the links below.
There are so many reasons to participate in this summer’s Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Not only can you keep up with how much you are reading, but you can also watch book trailers, play book themed games and participate in fun polls and trivia. You can even learn about new series and authors. Can’t decide what to read next, visit the Scholastic site for inspiration. Be a Reading Superhero this summer! Get started today!
And be sure to visit your local Cobb County Library for a variety of super-fun kid and teen-themed events and promotions. Our public library systems have an abundance of FREE resources for patrons. You are definitely missing out if you don’t visit during the summer!
COBB SUMMER READING: SCHOLASTIC SUMMER READING CHALLENGE (Link provides details about the partnership and reading resources.)
SCHOLASTIC SUMMER READING CHALLENGE (USE CHROME! Go directly to Scholastic.)
Cobb Summer Reading Letter 2016 – English (This letter was distributed via homerooms)
Tip: It may be helpful to utilize paper reading logs to help you keep track of your reading minutes. Then, at your convenience, you can register your reading minutes on Scholastic. To find a reading log that fits your needs, search “printable reading logs” in Google. Have fun searching.
Throughout May, Durham students will be guided by media specialist, Mrs. Baker and counselors, Mrs. Crandall, Mrs. Favors-Parks, and Mr. Wilson through a Digital Citizenship Museum Walk. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to control and mold their digital footprint so that it positively reflects their true character and helps them achieve long-term goals. They will also learn ways to heed caution when posting online, will review copyright and fair use laws and expectations, and will role-play and decode best practices as a youth in the digital age. As students approach a summer very likely filled with an overabundance of apps like Snapchat and Instagram, this will be a reminder from Durham to keep it safe online.
ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How will you safely navigate the digital world?
STATION 1: Oversharing: Think Before You Post
Watch the Common Sense Media and Flocabulary video, and respond to the corresponding questions in the provided packet.
“Oversharing: Think Before You Post.” Common Sense Media. Flocabulary. Web. 4 May 2016.
Station 2: Copyright and Fair Use
Watch the Common Sense Media video, and respond to the corresponding questions in the provided packet.
“Copyright and Fair Use.” Common Sense Media. Web. 4 May 2016.
Utilize the provided resources at stations 3-6 to meet the objectives outlined in the Digital Citizenship Museum Walk packet.
The Durham Media Center’s annual Golden Ticket Giveaway happened Friday, April 22nd, and 50 lucky students began their day by finding Golden Tickets in their lockers. Golden Tickets were traded for brand new paperback books the media center had purchased with Scholastic dollars earned from its previous Scholastic Book Fairs. This is one of the most exciting media center events of the year because students are randomly chosen, and a little extra happy is brought to their day. That’s what books–and media centers–are designed for. Happy reading Durham!