MLA Citations with Mrs. Baker

 Back 7th Grade Reading Students!

Mrs. Baker is here with some guidance as you begin your analysis of Ben Mikaelsen’s novel Touching Spirit Bear.  We will be using the resources linked here to guide our learning. Careful note-taking using the Guide to Accompany Mrs. Baker’s Powerpoint is especially important because there are helpful tips and relevant examples that will serve you as you write journal entries throughout the novel study.  Here’s the presentation with all the information you need: Citing Textual Evidence Using MLA Format . REMEMBER! Mrs. Baker is a resource to guide you through your learning as well, so swing by the media center in the mornings if you find yourself needing additional support.

NOW LET’S REVIEW!

Mrs. Baker will share the class code!

Please Join Us for a Book Tasting!

The reservations are made, the tables are set, and the courses are prepared. Now it’s time for Mrs. Slade’s and Mrs. Walker’s 6th grade Reading classes to partake in some especially yummy treats in the media center–books, of course! Students are sampling from a variety of book flavors (genres) in hopes they will expand their palates and try something new. Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker has prepared quite an extensive menu of delights that will, hopefully, leave her guests feeling satisfied.

Welcome to Mrs. Slade’s Slice of the Story

 

Welcome to Walker House

 

Discovering Our Destiny!

Hey Kiddos! Welcome back for your second classroom visit to the DMC this school year! This time we are learning about our slightly new, and very much improved, online catalog–Destiny Discover! Today’s lesson will serve to highlight some of the awesome features available to you. Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb will be guiding you through accessing and logging into Destiny Discover so that you can personalize your profile. You will then access the main menu to verify your checkouts, place holds on materials, add resources to favorites lists and even create collections. Lastly, you will have the opportunity to renew and/or checkout materials. Here’s the brief student video, Using Destiny Discover-Students, we will be utilizing to guide our learning. Off we go . . .

8th Grade Media Center Orientation

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.

 

LOOK HERE!

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.

7th Grade Media Center Orientation

Welcome Back to the Media Center!

Seventh grade classes are visiting the media center along with their Reading classes for a review of the behavior expectations, policies, and procedures. In collaborative groups, students will visit stations to complete specific learning targets. Media specialist Mrs. Baker, along with the help of Durham reading teachers, will help guide students during their visit.

7th Grade Media Center Orientation

At STATION 7, be sure to check out the Introduction to the Dewey Decimal System video:

 

Works Cited: “Introduction to the Dewey Decimal System.” YouTube, YouTube, 21 Sept. 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?     v=9bV_sI8XQdI&index=2&list=PL8VBzOAcGweK1Kv7x8HWyUbCVAuQVAT92. Accessed 9 Aug. 2017.

 

Welcome 6th Graders!

Students will soon be visiting the media center for the first time with their Reading teachers. Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker will lead 6th graders through all the ins-and-outs of their middle school media center. Students will also have the opportunity to browse the collection and to utilize the online catalog, Destiny, to guide their selections. Finally, sixth graders will be able to check out their first library books of the 2017-18 school year and will have the first picks from the new books. Any students from Mrs. Walker’s, Mrs. Dean’s, or Mrs. Slade’s Reading classes who missed this exciting event should view Media Center Orientation and complete the accompanying Media Center Orientation Guide.

Breakout EDU Mania at Durham

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.

Students across grade levels and subject areas learned through Breakout EDU.

Students reflect upon their Breakout learning experience.

Extended Resources for Fever 1793 and Terrible Typhoid Mary

Hey 7th graders! I’ve created an awesome list of extended print resources for you to check out while you are studying either Anderson’s Fever 1793 or Bartoletti’s Terrible Typhoid Mary. Hopefully these novels have piqued your interests and have you wanting to learn more. Your media center is always here to help!

Extended Print Resources

Stahler’s World Domination Breakout

So . . . 7th grade Reading teacher Mrs. Stahler is trying to take over the world and send all the kids to boarding school. Will her students be able to stop her? Media staff, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb worked with Mrs. Stahler to ready the media center for this unique Breakout experience. The students worked through a variety of puzzles to unlock boxes that ultimately open the suitcase Mrs. Stahler had been dragging behind her for over a week. What do you think was inside? Here are some snapshots of the learning fun.

Mrs. Stahler’s World Domination Breakout

Spanish Breakout

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.

Spanish Students Breakout