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Every December lists of the best books of 2020 come out. Two beautiful booklists with great filters are NPR's Book Concierge and also New York Public Library's Best Books of 2020. Note that you can also filter by year and check out other years! At the public library site, you can also go straight to the borrowing screen. Please share any best of lists you like!
My name is Erin, and I am the student teacher in the Brooklyn Tech library. Getting organized at the beginning of the school year can be one of the best things to set yourself up for success and some students have passed on some great advice, which I will share with you.
Paper vs. Digital (or some version of both?)
Everyone has their own opinions on using paper calendars vs. online calendars, but I prefer paper. Having a new paper calendar or notebook at the beginning of the school year will allow to keep track of daily tasks that need to be completed as well as due dates for major assignments or test dates. During virtual learning this calendar will be a life saver to keep all the important due dates in your life organized, especially for seniors who need to also keep track of college application due dates.
One of your peers, Jennifer Furdzik, introduced me to Kathryn Azevedo who wrote a great blog post about a helpful notebook hack to keep you on top of your to-do list that I myself use and find to be amazing! She has several blog posts, as well as videos on her site schoolhabits.com that will:
If you prefer to use a digital calendar to keep your schoolwork together you may be interested in using Notion, which Jennifer recommended. This tool is going to keep everything you need to succeed in one place. This is a free tool when you sign up using your BTHS email. Fellow students from your school have used this tool and find it be really helpful.
“I use Notion, which is a planner, Kanban board, database, and notes site all in one. I swear by it and it's helped keep me super organized and saves me so much stress.” -Jennifer Furdzik.
The site includes other features like:
Thanks so much to Jennifer for sharing these tools. There are so many systems to choose from, so make sure you find something you can maintain to keep you on top of on top of your game!
Students helped the librarians to create some class and homework organizational templates as well as an overall schedule planner. Click here to view both pages: https://docs.google.com/document/d/179mYweMY8-M1qExPA-NiKedLhksUGxAnpZxVE_zFxxk/edit?usp=sharing
Please share with us tools that are useful to you: email@example.com
The Brooklyn Tech Librarians are delighted to bring you our annual report for 2018-2019, both in full text and infographic format.
This year has been a very productive year, with highlights including expanded access during 10th period each day, library-based Monday study hall, vacation book clubs and a school-wide reading challenge to promote reading across the building and our first book fair in collaboration with Greenlight Bookstore.
As you will see, we also increased our classroom visits by 28% and database usage rose by an average of 176%, with more than 109,000 database articles accessed by Brooklyn Tech students.
We welcome any feedback or questions you might have, and invite you to reach out about ways you can get more involved in the library. We have a Library Committee, which meets about 3 times a year. Teachers, students, parents and administrators are welcome to join! Students are also welcome to apply to work as a library monitor in the fall. Parents, we've love to have some regular library volunteers to assist with book processing. EVERYONE is welcome to follow us on Instagram @brooklyntechlibrary or reach out by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Readers! We hope you are continuing to enjoy your reading journey and the books along the way! As a reminder, the goal of the challenge is to encourage reading for pleasure and reading outside of your regular reading patterns.
BONUS: Send us an instagram post of a book you are reading with at least 4 hashtags and come collect a prize!
How are you tracking your reading?
Goodreads? Our Reading Challenge form? (more available in the library) The public library Reading History? Another way?
The first person to officially finish (we know there are more of you out there!):
Here is the reading list of Judith Ryan, English teacher, who finished the challenge and shared her list (click on images for more information about the books, *=available at BTHSLibrary):
4. Graphic Novel: Speak (Adaptation) by Laurie Halse Anderson (fiction)*
5. Book with protagonist that looks nothing like me: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (autobiographical novel in verse)
6. Book out of regular genres: Listening is an Act of Love by Dave Isay (radio interviews)
Short books: Want to read more, but have little time?
Book suggestions - short books 125 pages or less
This is a great way to take a risk on a genre that you usually don’t try. Please recommend other excellent short books!
Noticeably absent from this list are poetry, plays and graphic novels, which tend to be shorter than full length texts.
Search our catalog for format (graphic novel) and genre: http://bthslib.weebly.com/catalog.html
Please let us know if you are enjoying a book or if you have finished! (and stop by, starting today, to get a Chipotle BOGO coupon for reading three books from the challenge!)
Ms. Drusin, Ms. Ferguson and Ms. Laudi
The librarians love collaborating with various departments! We recently worked with Physics teacher, Mr. Gerraputa, and collaboratively redesigned an assignment on space missions, shifting from a PowerPoint presentation as a final product to a more differentiated assignment, which encouraged student choice and creativity. In this assignment, we wanted to ensure that students had to synthesize their research in a way that would discourage plagiarism and encourage thoughtful synthesis of information. We also wanted to ensure more engaging student presentations when they eventually shared them in class.
Students had such a great variety of choices for their final products, including radio scripts, storyboards, and original newspapers/magazines, about their particular space mission. Enjoy some samples below!
This is the second year all 9th graders (about 1,600 students!) attended an orientation in the library, in close collaboration with our excellent English teachers. We continue to stress the importance of learning about the library resources, how to locate and use our library catalog and online subscription databases. Students received a link to a website we created and assessment. Their assignment was to read the site and watch all videos, and to use that information to complete the assessment.
If you are interested, here is a link to the online version of the resources we shared, including a (new for 2019) live action short video we created with a tour of the library, an animated video outlining our policies and holdings, and two videos about using our catalog and online database resources: http://bthslib.weebly.com/9th-grade-orientation-2018.html
As part of our in-class activity, students had an opportunity to create "spine poems" using book spines to write original poetry, as well as take photos in front of our green screen, with a book they might select if they were on a desert island. We hope you enjoy a small sample of their poetic creations!
Ms. Drusin and Ms. Ferguson. Email us at email@example.com