Wednesday, October 28, 2015

What is your research personality?

So let's begin with the most familiar

Mrs Little's personality is ENFP

Her research style is "the sky's the limit!"  She would prefer no syllabus at all.  This gives her the freedom to "knock it out of the park!"  For her, the fun is in exploring all kinds of information.  Research is an exciting journey not a destination.

So what is your "research personality?"

 You can visit to take a free personality test.
 After you find out your personality type then you can move over to the page that describes your personality type in depth.  Under 'explore your type', you will want to click on 'strengths and weaknesses' and then 'workplace habits.'  This will give you a really good idea about how you work with research and information.

How Your Personality influences your research  

Personality Strengths
Because …
Patient and determined researcher
You don’t give up on your research goals
Creative and Practical researcher
You know how to prioritize research
Imaginative and Observant researcher
You see research in everyday activities
Imaginative and curious researcher
Your curiosity fuels your ‘dig for info’
Inspiring and Convincing, insightful researcher
You can find inspiration through research
Very Creative and Hard Working  researcher
To you research is an ‘art form’
 Quick, Imaginative and Strategic researcher
Your brain is always planning
 Analysts and Abstract Thinkers
You can think outside the box / book
 Bold, but Rational and Practical  researcher
You can handle controversial research
 Enjoy Creating Order, and Excellent Organizers
You can compare /contrast with objectivity
 Bold and Original  researcher
Great at conducting your own research
 Excellent networking  researcher
Your research is often social
 Curious and observant, excellent communicators
You dig for information & translate   research
 Charismatic, reliable  researcher
You can share research in an exciting way
 Quick thinkers, excellent brainstormers
You are great at choosing the right topic
 Efficient, energetic, strategic researcher
You Don’t waste time, & have a clear plan

Thursday, October 22, 2015

What are we working on this week?

Mr. Chicken's World History

This week, the World History classes visited the library to look at books.  We have a reserve shelf for the project but on the visit students learned how to look-up a book in the catalog and how to find the physical shelf location.  This project is about A History of the World in 100 Objects.

We also used the BBC site for reference.  Students also learned about the e-books we have available in the GALE Virtual Reference Library.

The Senior Project - Annotated Bibliography

Due November 17 - to be shared with adviser and lead adviser for feedback via Google Drive.  Use Easy Bib or MLA 7th citations pasted from databases to make citations for the annotated bibliography


Find 8-10 resources for your Senior Project - can include scholarly journals, e-books, trade publications, .gov or .edu websites, official trade organizations like APA or NSTA, and statistical research like Pew Research or Berkman Center

The annotations should be at least three sentences long / Each entry should include the following elements [sentences]:
  • Summation of the source [focus on what is unique about the source]
  • A brief evaluation statement(s) [is this a "scholarly" source or not]
  • How the work is relevant to your research [How, specifically, do you intend to use the source (e.g. as evidence to support a claim, as a counter-argument, etc.)]

For more advice about annotated bibliographies - Purdue first-year English

Monday, October 12, 2015


Pollyannaism or positivity bias:

 You can probably tell from the title of my blog "the sky is NOT falling" I have a bias, a positivity bias.  This was not always the case, as a younger person I was incredibly  skeptical and noticed the negative before I thought about the positive.   Over time, I found this kind of attitude actually produced negative feelings and was often a self-fulfilling prophecy.  When trying to change my ways I thought back to the last time that the glass was half-full instead of half-empty.  That time was when I watched Hayley Mills in Pollyanna.  I remember thinking, shortly after watching the movie, as just a young girl , I need to do this I need to play the "glad game!" 

 There are a lot of librarians who need to play the "glad game ."  There are also a lot of teachers who need to play the "glad game."  Otherwise our negative attitude will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.  I am not saying ignore all of the problems in education , I'm just saying focus on what we can do to improve education.  

A recently retired colleague, asked me to join a sort of "think tank" on Facebook . Just half a week later I'm already thinking deeply about the larger education world.  Here are some articles that I've come across in the last half week.  My thoughts have mostly turned to the issue of why teachers are not seen as professionals and what millennials want in a career.  

First the Question of attracting and retaining new career teachers

"teaching is not seen as an ambitious or fulfilling career by most Millennials" - how do we change this?
I think the BIG question to ask is "Do future teachers want tenure?" -- 3 things millennials want in a career (hint: it’s not more money) Our insistence on sticking to traditional schedules and formats may not attract folks to the teaching profession 
"To recruit the brightest and best, teaching needs to be a high status occupation, and we need to understand better what contributes to the social standing of teachers," said Lord Adonis.
In South Korea & Finland, teachers are drawn from top 10% ... places in teacher education are strictly limited

Monday, October 05, 2015

Web 2.0 ...

What's Next?

This morning on the news I heard a report about a new social medium designed for those building a college admissions resumé.  I could not find the site that was mentioned, instead I found many articles about an 80-college coalition for a new kind of college application.
Found it!  - 

I had mixed feelings about this, and immediately thought  - will this kind of "packaging" help the students who are already at an advantage and possibly hurt those who are disadvantaged?

Looking Back

Back in the spring of 2008 I gave a presentation to a group of high school and college librarians at Belmont University at a forum called Conversations @ Belmont.
"Facebook Generation: Marketing the library to a socially networked society"
In 2008 using Facebook at all was an edgy sort of thing for school librarians. That same year I attended a YALSA symposium in Nashville where Twitter was introduced as a great way for librarians to microblog, [what ever that was.]  Sometimes I have a hard time imagining how certain social media will eventually catch on, and become "useful."  I know that I asked - Why do I want to have a Facebook, why do I want to have a Twitter, what is the purpose?  I find myself asking the same question about so many of the new social tools.  I also wonder about the longevity of some of the tools.

 It took me a little while to decide to add an Instagram account to my library's social media communication.   And just this week I have found that some authors are Snapchatting their fans, which really surprised me.  I personally don't "love" Snapchat, I am completely uncoordinated and have a hard time taking a picture and adding the text and then it disappears! All of my hard work snapping pictures and adding text and it disappears!  Also about the time I become proficient with a particular social medium, it's considered passé.  So, seven years ago Facebook was edgy and now Facebook is for grandparents, or so that's what my students tell me.

One thing that hasn't changed, you must keep on top of the research. Back in 2008 the research was revealing that social networking sites divided by demographic groups, and I believe that still might be the case.
"Danah Boyd, stirred up controversy once before, in 2007, by noting that during the period beginning in 2006 when teens began to flock to Facebook, teens’ preference for either MySpace or Facebook appeared to fall along lines of race and class."
"Snapchat is More Likely to Be Used Most Often by Wealthier Teens; Facebook Most Popular Among Lower Income Youth" See the latest data from Pew and the Internet -- Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015 -

Youth and Media project, the Berkman Center 
Pew and the Internet

I have an untested theory as to why certain products are "popular" to certain socioeconomic groups . For the longest time I did not purchase a smartphone because of rural connectivity issues.  And therefore could not get an Instagram. If teens in a lower socioeconomic group whose family could not afford a smartphone only an old-fashioned flip phone would not have access to something like Instagram. Also certain products work better on high-speed Internet where some groups maybe in rural areas or maybe cannot afford high-speed Internet must use less graphic-intensive social media sites.  It might all boil down to affordability and accessibility.  If teens cannot afford or access certain apps they may turn to other means.  I have noticed that apps like Kik and GroupMe are showing up where students can text others, despite their platform [IOS, Android, or simple text messaging].

"a funny thing happened on the way to an authentic internet: Anonymity came back into vogue."

Another untested theory - the use of Snapchat among wealthier teens might actually have to do with a backlash against helicopter parents in suburbia.  Parents Over Shoulder, no worries this message will self-destruct.  There is a constant moving from one app to the next with wealthier suburban teens.  I don't know if this is 'running' from parents, a type of 'one-upping' in their social group or if it is simply development of cliques.  I hesitate to say -- "here is the latest app"  because tomorrow something different will emerge.

Here are two new ones to add to the list -

  • After School - Funny Anonymous School News For Confessions & Compliments
  • Jott messenger app  - Jott lets you chat with and without cell reception or wifi (yes, really). Join your school network, set up private groups

I really do not have an answer for what is next.