The title is from this excellent end of the year article by Pamela Druckerman, "How to Find Your Place in the World after Graduation".
Read it here.
Have a great summer, and good luck to all of Casa Grande High School's class of 2015!
If we want to raise kids to be independent thinkers and change-makers, one of the best things we can do is give them the tools to figure stuff out for themselves.
From "Learning Through Tinkering" by Allison Arief. At this time of the school year we are all doing what we can to get everything in before the last day of school. It's also the time of year when teachers reflect on all the things they did well and all the things they could do better next year (or in my case all the things I totally screwed up this year and will try really, really hard to fix next time).
Next year, Casa is offering new classes for the first time thanks to a bunch of motivated students, teachers, and administrators. Students will have the opportunity to take Intro to Computer Programming, AP Computer Programming, a 3D Sculpture class, access to our new MakerSpace, and Mouse Squad (in its second year).
I found this OpEd inspiring, especially at this time of year, and I hope you do to.
Please, support seniors Maria Morga, Zach Robertson, Nick Quiambao, and Peter Parrick in their efforts to collect necessities for the troops. For more information go to room M-22.
A decision on Net Neutrality is forthcoming from the FCC. How much do you use the internet? How much do you know about this issue? Watch the three-minute video below for a good start in understanding this complicated topic that may just define how you will use the internet in the future.
The Right Stuff is one of the best movies ever made (based on a great book by Tom Wolfe), and definitely one of my favorites. AND we actually have it here in the library. WIRED magazine's Alex French and Howie Kahn recently published an excellent oral history of the making of this awesome movie. Read it HERE.
That's all appropriate because today is NASA's Day of Remembrance:
On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger accident, Kennedy Space Center observed NASA's Day of Remembrance, Jan. 27, with a wreath-laying ceremony at the KSC Visitor Complex Space Mirror Memorial. The Day of Remembrance honors members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery, including the astronaut crews of Apollo 1 and shuttles Challenger and Columbia.
Okay, for all to see, this year I'm going to try and update this blog more than once a . . . semester (smh).
Also, and more importantly, there's LumaCon!!
What's LumaCon!!? Well, it's Petaluma's first annual comic book convention for students and families. If you're an artist, author, or even just someone looking for something to do on Saturday, January 17th, stop on by Herzog Hall and check it out.
You can find more info here: www.lumacon.weebly.com
Or come talk to me, your friendly neighborhood librarian :)
In a guest editorial for CNN, Pasi Sahlberg writes about the elements that make Finland's schools among the best in the world. While arguments can be made about the difference in size and population between Finland and the United States, some of the factors that she writes about seem practical:
There are three things that have positively affected the quality of Finnish schools that are absent in American schools. First, Finland has built a school system that has over time strengthened educational equity. This means early childhood education for all children, funding all schools so they can better serve those with special educational needs, access to health and well-being services for all children in all schools, and a national curriculum that insists that schools focus on the whole child rather than narrow academic achievement.
Read the rest HERE.
Oof, it's been a while since this has been updated. Now that the network is stable I'll get back on it. To start off, Zen Penicils is an incredible project by Gavin Aung Than. The new cartoons come out semi-regularly but are always inspiring and/or thought provoking.
This one is based on a comencement speech by "Shonda Rhimes is a screenwriter, director and television producer. She is the creator and showrunner of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, and executive producer of the new dramaHow To Get Away With Murder."
Click on the photo to read the whole thing!