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Month: July 2006

Bowling and Information Literacy

Bowling is good, especially when you’re with a whole bunch of other librarians and the entire place (pool tables, 10 lanes, and food) are provided for you and only you. We each got one free drink, too, but quite a few people weren’t drinking, so a several people got LOTS of free drinks. That was kind of amusing.

Of course, bowling would have been a lot less hilarious if it had been actual bowling and not candlepins (which I haven’t played since I was 11). Those tiny little bowling balls and the skinny little pins sure do make the game a challenge, especially for those who were benefiting from the generosity of the non-drinkers in the bunch.

10:00 came sooner than we thought it would, though, and we all had to troop back to campus in our big ol’ touring busses. Now the next challenge is to get myself into a sleepy state so I can get all rested, fresh, and ready for another morning of classes.

[Update: Jason is the only one I know who took his camera along, and he’s posted his photos here.)

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Inwardly Dying

I made a fool of myself today. I guess that’s what happens when your brain goes into hiding to avoid the abuse to which you’re subjecting it after several LONG days, several longer nights (sleeping on plastic mattresses wrapped in polyester sheets really isn’t doing it for me), and all meals consisting of a choice of pizza, pasta with red sauce, or meat and potatoes, plus a salad bar. (Seriously, they serve these same three choices lunch and dinner EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!!). But even so, I’m mortified.

I made a comment today that came out entirely wrong, almost the opposite of what I meant to say, and it sounded incoherent, stupid, judgmental. I’m trying to convince myself that people won’t remember this as their primary impression of me, but it’s just not working. It’s hard to forget stupid, judgmental people, especially when everyone’s tired enough to be moody and easily annoyed.

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I’m Not Blogging

I promised myself that I wouldn’t blog tonight. I need more sleep than I’ve been getting. So this is just to say that I’m not blogging tonight. I’m really not.

While I’m not blogging, here are some random bits of nothingness that are running around in my head:

  • Don’t keep telling me there’s no one right answer. I’m tired of it, and usually that’s obvious anyway. It’s sort of like “um” while waiting for students to respond.
  • At IDEO they say “fail frequently so you can succeed more often.” I likey…
  • I’m apparently not a “feeling” learner (according to the learning styles assessment we did today). I’m a converger/assimilator. Don’t make me role-play or expect me to learn too much from the emotion-centric experiences of others. (But somehow I’ve got to figure out how to integrate this type of thing into my instruction or I’ll alienate all the Divergers out there who don’t care a wit for my thinking/doing/thinking method of learning.)
  • Randy Rocks! Can we get him to come to Carleton and talk to us? Please? Pretty please? Though it’d be a pretty penny to fly him in from Hawaii, I imagine… (I’m so excited that I get to be in two sessions led by him tomorrow…. I get all school-girlish-happy to be in his classes and be allowed to have fun while learning.)

Tomorrow morning we present our 5-minute chunks of a class and get critiqued by the group. Wish me luck!

Okay, no more blogging. Must do homework and then SLEEP.


Tired, but Doing Fine

It’s been a good day. We all met for the opening plenary session (8:30 till noon!), and plunked ourselves down at tables kind of willy-nilly. I ended up at the “kid’s” table in the back of the room… not quite sure how that happened, but we had a blast and (kind of by accident) ended up doing quite well on all the exercises together. We were in danger of being split up by the Jigsaw activity (where each of us “teaches” one of five articles to the rest of us), but it turned out that four of the five of us had read different articles, so we pretty much all stayed at our table.

In the afternoon we had part one of two or three sessions on assessment. I’ve really got to get a handle on how I can use this in my instruction. I’ve been experimenting with giving the students more control of the class period, but then I’m always worried that they aren’t learning. So these concepts should be good for me. As in the first session, the ideas weren’t really anything I hadn’t heard elsewhere, but it’s good for me to have concentrated time to reflect on my year’s teaching, evaluate what I’ve done, and figure out how to move forward from here.

The third session was AWESOME. Randy Hensley is an amazing teacher. I admit, I was skeptical. He’d been writing all sorts of crazy uber-teacherish emails to us. Like, for example, the response he wrote to my posted introduction asking me “If you could do your first year of librarianship over, what would you do differently?” Uh, I don’t know. I had a pretty unbeatable first year, as far as I’m concerned. Anyway, I was all set to be annoyed and turned off by gimmicky exercises, but it wasn’t that way at all. Hey, I even drew a picture for the guy. That’s how amazing he was. I don’t draw concepts. I just don’t. Especially not with crayons.

(In case you can’t tell, that’s me using a zipper to open myself up and let out a bunch of smiley faces and balloons, which at the time seemed like a perfectly rational picture of using tools to reveal my personality… It’d been a long day. Stop laughing. STOP IT. And don’t go telling me my picture-woman has no head. I know that. I deliberately avoided drawing a head.)

Anyway, at one point I ended up on a stack of crates (which almost fell over, but didn’t, so I’m not dead). Don’t know quite what that had to do with anything. But he invited me up, so I went.

Which brings me to the other really weird thing about Immersion. I’ve learned to become an extrovert. Seriously. People here think I’m always like this! HAH!!! And who knows, maybe I am like this now. Computers in Libraries brought it out of me a little, but now I OWN this new person I am. And I like it. I love it that I no longer avoid introducing myself to people, or shake while doing it.

There’s lots more to write (I’ve been keeping a list… yeah, I’m a librarian), but it’s 11:30 here, and morning comes EARLY in Boston. I’d best call it a night. But there are a few more photos (still without titles or descriptions, sorry) up on my flicker site.

Just two things before I turn my brain off for the night: A pox on convention centers without wireless, and boo to long personal stories that should have been short and on topic responses to the presenter’s question. Nuf said.

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