Posted on November 28, 2016 by Rhondda
Andrew Hiskins (SLV)
The final School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV) Conference for 2016 looked at how to keep students engaged & develop and/or continue to develop a culture of reading into adulthood.
We were welcomed to the State Library of Victoria (SLV) by Andrew Hiskens (Manager, Learning Services) who explained the SLV’s Strategic Plan for the next few years.
Will Kostakis, the acclaimed author of YA literature, gave the Keynote address, Being Brave: ‘Difficult’ Topics in Literature and Writing. His presentation was fantastic. Honest and humorous, he had the audience spellbound and totally focussed on the experiences he had when starting out (he began to write very early in primary school) and how he has developed and grown into his writing
The program included over 10 Concurrent Sessions that gave practical examples of how we can engage teen readers. Those presenting gave us so many ideas about how to approach reading with our teen readers. There were so many interesting things going on in the schools they came from that it will take me some time to reflect on them. I can see so many ways they will be useful in my school.
The tweets are collected in this Storify
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Posted on August 2, 2014 by Rhondda
Looking for ideas about book week activities I came across one I thought would be fun to set as a quiz. There are a few places to go if you are looking for ideas for book week but two very good sites I like for Book Week ideas are Susan Stephenson’s Book Chook blog and the Book Week for Beginners wiki. There are all sorts of ideas and things that could be reworked for many libraries or classes.
One idea I liked was playing around with titles and over the last few days I have had a go. I came up with the following that I will test with staff (and students). They will be able to see the list of CBCA titles (I think I will combine the 2013 and 2014 lists to make them look a little more. I will add a few other well-known titles for staff to try as well.
I have listed my new titles below and will put up this list on my reading wiki along with the answers after Book Week. Can you guess them? I see this activity as one that could be used with students at anytime. There could be many variations on the basic idea.
From the CBCA Short list, 2014
Fabricated stories for uneducated young females
Welcome famous skipper
Notably less than whole
From 2013 short list
Small change for authoritarian
A venerable 24 hours
Well known novels
Habitation of predatory carnivore (historical fiction)
Young magus deals with miscegentic potentate (fantasy)
Avocation for hereditary seat (fantasy)
Polar Radiance (fantasy)
Liberation money (Australian life)
Traveller, outfitter, warrior, provocateur (mystery)
Entirely me (Australian prize winning novel)
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Posted on September 6, 2013 by Rhondda
Iconic images are all around us, so much so that they don’t register on our consciousness a lot of the time.
This thought was on my mind and formed the basis of another of our Book week activities.
There are many famous space shots and many, especially on the NASA website, are in the public domain and free to be used.
During one of the lunchtimes in book week we ran a competition that asked students to think of a caption for a Famous Space Shot. Below are 5 of the images.
We printed and laminated a total of ten A3 sized images (with each being numbered) and put them up on boards in the library
It was really interesting to see how engaged the students were as they focussed on each of the photos and really thought about what they were seeing. The students were given sticky notes on which to write their comments and put them onto the relevant image. Some had ideas for all of the photos and others just the one image caught their imagination. Below is a shot of one of the boards with some of the caption ideas.
This activity was very popular with the senior students and we had some very witty comments. We will create a new copy of the images, with the winning captions added, and have them laminated for the students as part of their prize.
We are looking at what generators will suit each image. We may use comic life or one of the tools saved into my Diigo list.
We decided to do this in a low-tech way because we thought it would be quickest and easiest way to run the activity over a lunchtime break. It also allowed all students to see what their peers were thinking. There were a lot of laughs as well as appreciation for some of the better ideas.
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