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Mitchell To The Rescue

Once upon a time, a little dog named Mitchell was afraid of his own shadow, and a dog-Mom named Marianne was totally bereft from grief after having lost her beloved Moose. The two met, and Mitchell went home with Dog-Mom…but he wasn’t real crazy about the situation. .or Dog-Mom….or any other human types for that … Continue reading Mitchell To The Rescue

Research Questions and the Ten-Year-Old Mind

As a school librarian it is my task to teach research skills to my students. In library circles. the new nomenclature for what was once research skills is now information literacy. Whether you call the skill by its older more familiar name – or its new appellation, it all boils down to the same thing. Basically, what’s your question, where do you look for it – not necessarily on the internet – and how do you extract credible information from your chosen sources. My biggest challenge is to get the idea across that all research begins with some kind of question. For example, the question “How do you make chocolate chip cookies?” is for all intents and purposes a legitimate research question. I like it…I like cookies. Because kids often confuse reporting with legitimate research convincing them that off the wall questions constitute legitimate research and is far more interesting than mere reporting, true research pursuits often need a little nudging. The goofier the example the better. Does the light in the refrigerator turn off when the door closes? hmmmmmm?

Winding Down For the Summer at the Little Trailer in the Big Woods

It’s been an eventful summer.  The long lazy days of childhood were remembered but not necessarily enjoyed.  This summer is best described as productive.  I worked – almost every weekend and for at least 4 solid weeks at the little trailer in the big woods, and accomplished much… With my brother’s well-outlined instruction, I patched … Continue reading Winding Down For the Summer at the Little Trailer in the Big Woods

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