Saturday, July 31, 2010

Craig Frazier on Graphic Design / Illustration

"Just as important to the art of coming up with ideas is the art of whittling them down to their essence."
from page 20 of The Illustrated Voice.

Craig Frazier's picturebooks include:
Alphabet Critters (1992) = 14 years before Gone Wild by David McLimans (2006) won a Caldecott Honor, Frazier created letters from animal shapes.
Tiny Brown Seed (2003)
There is a Monkey in My Drawer (2003)
Stanley Goes for a Drive (2004)
Stanley Mows the Lawn (2005)
Stanley Goes Fishing (2006)
Trucks Roll (2007)
Hank Finds Inspiration (2008)
Lots of Dots (Sept 2010)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

"Minds, Brains, and Early Learning: How Infants Crack the Speech Code"

by Dr. Patricia Kuhl

Babies are born with neurons, but not connections.
6 months is really a key time in baby brain dvelopment.
At age 3, children have 3 times the amount of synapses than any other age.
At age 14, the neurons have been pruned to strengthen certain connections.
The brain does have critical learning periods where it needs the right information at the right time.

See Evolution of Language
Babies hear distinction in all sounds.  They are citizens of the world.  From 6 months to 1 year, before the baby produces these sounds, the brain is sorting these sounds out.  Mother-ease, the exaggerated "baby talk" we use when talking to babies is brain food.

Children with autism prefer non-speech sounds to the same frequency, human vocalizations/speech.

Learning opportunities in the first five years are critical for children of all social economic status.  Lower SES environments, however, tend to use less complex, less thought-provoking language, and more "do" and "don't" commands.

See NeuroReport journal.

MEG machines show that TV engagement does not equal learning.
This begs the question ... What is social learning turning on in the brain?
What is the social brain?  We know that cognitive aging is slowed by exercise and social interaction.  Language is a social affair

See the Department of Early Learning

Monday, July 26, 2010

Evidence Based Practice

"Question, Find, Evaluate, Apply: Translating Evidence Based Practice to Information Literacy Instruction" presented by Megan Oakleaf and Diana Wakimoto

The Introducation
Evidence-Based Librarianship … or Understanding by Design means …
  • Evidence is Good and Anecdote is Bad
  • Research vs. common sense/best ideas
  • Need needs assessment
  • It is a cyclical process with continual progress
The Process
  • Question = Setting, Perspective, Intervention, Comparison, Population
  • Find Evidence
  • Evaluate = Valid? Reliable? Explain limitations
  • Apply 
  • Re-Evaluate

Bibliography by presenters

Cognitive Biases by Hiller and Self
  • Professional Deformation
  • Perseverance of Belief
  • Wishful Thinking
  • Halo or Horns Effect
  • Worst-Case Scenario
Cognitive Science
Journal of Educational Psychology
Communications in Information Literacy
Journal of Education in Library and Information Science
Evidence Based Library and Information Practice

EBP Gurus
Andrew Booth in UK
John Eldredge in USA
Kristine Bruce for Information Literacy

Friday, July 23, 2010

Successful Leadership Begins With Self (ppt)

The information below is quoted from the Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2008 website.  (Follow the link to access the PowerPoint.):

"Mary Ann Mavrinac, Chief Librarian, Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre, University of Toronto Mississauga.

Experiencing organizational change can be difficult, especially when the change is unanticipated and unwelcome. Let go, go with the flow, strategize, see opportunity, learn, and fulfill your aspirations! Sound good? Join us as we reveal the dynamic nature of protecting self, and provide practical, concrete leadership strategies based upon empirical research that can be liberating for the individual, and transformational for the library. Flourish and have fun in an unpredictable environment of ubiquitous change.


Session Presentation (.ppt)           
Leadership Focuser Form (.doc) "

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Mazza Summer Institute Schedule (Actual)

July 13
"Picture Books Worth Noting" with Floyd Dickman

July 14
"Behind the Scenes" with Jerry Mallett.  Learn about what a curator does and how the artwork is processed and stored.

July 15
"Dimensinal Illustration and Marionettes" with Shaun Gentry
This session explores techniques in creating characters 3-dimensionally.  Learn what's involved in producing simple figure in clay and even a fully articulated marionette.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Digital Storytelling Resources

While reading the Winter/Spring 2010 issue of OJELA: The Ohio Journal of English Language Arts (a publication of OCTELA, the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts), I came across an article by Jessica Fries-Gaither.  Here are the digital storytelling resources she lists:

Ohio State University's Digital Storytelling Program 
Berkeley, California's Center for Digital Storytelling.
Guide to Digital Storytelling from Scholastic
Integrating Digital Storytelling into Your Classroom

Here are some of Fries-Gaither's quotes that speak to illustration and story's ability to transfer learning:

"Image selection sets digital storytelling apart from the traditional writing process because illustration is often an afterthought or only part of the publishing step when writing traditionally." (11)

" 'Stories' in all content areas provide opportunities for students to make connections and synthesize information, two important thinking strategies for reading comprehension." (11)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Batty Great Time with Brian Lies (Video)

At the Mazza Museum Summer Institute, I was able to share a dinner table with this approachable author/illustrator.  Here's a video clip from his presentation wherein he shared personal, batty stories.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Patricia Polacco, the Ultimate Storyteller (Video)

Patricia Polacco is an illustrator, writer, and storyteller who captivated the Mazza 2010 Summer Institute audience with personal, historical vignettes.  She touched the audience to tears with her themes of loving relationships, abounding beauty, learning and educational challenges, and heroism.

Below is Ms. Polacco sharing her family's four (or more?) generational "keeping quilt."

Image from Amazon.  Notice the Sydney Taylor Book Award in the upper right hand corner.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Calef Brown the Artist (Videos)

Calef sketches in my autograph notebook!

Calef told Mazza Summer Institute participants the story of how a monkey mugged his mango and inspired this illustration. He has traveled to India and is inspired by the culture's color schemes:

Calef Brown the Poet (Videos)

During the Mazza Summer Institute, Brown referred to the musicality of words as his muse.  He makes a case for reading poetry out loud.  Sylvia Vardell anyone?

I first performed "Combo Tango" in graduate school as an audience participation, movement rhyme.  I've been incorporating it into my programs ever since.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thank You, Google Alerts

With the help of Google Alerts, I saw that this article is now in cyberspace.

Still Thinking about Fireflies/Cucullos

Here's a story for you ... Yesterday, Cole and I read The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle, one of my favorites growing up, and we were talking about how I caught fireflies when I was five years old.

Cole is three.

I gave him time to do the math ... "One," he said.  "One is one year away" ... or... something like that which confused me.

Still thinking there was some logic and thinking to it, I continued ... and told him how my sister hated when I caught the fireflies and put them in her face.

Eventually, Cole wanted to know how I caught them, since he's never seen one before, and he rationalized: "I'm asleep at night-time ... [When you were five,] Did they leave the window open, and they didn't know?"

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Learning: Emerging Leadership (Quotes)

The quotes below are from After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path by Jack Kornfield, pages xix - xx.  During ALA Midwinter 2010, Elizabeth Gilbert recommended this read-alike to her Eat, Pray, Love.
"Our intention was inspired by the humility and compassion of the Dalai Lama himself, always eager to learn, even from his mistakes."

"... wise speech ..."

"The wisest express a greater humility.  Abotts like Father Thomas Keating of Snowmass Monastery and Norman Fischer of the San Francisco Zen Center, for example, regularly say, "I'm learning" and "I don't know.""

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Kamishibai, Japanese Paper Theater (Video)

Hazuki Kataoka shares the folktale Momotaro the Peach Boy at the American Library Association 2010 Annual Conference using the "Japanese kamishibai format." "Kami" means "paper," and "shibai" means "theater."


(Yes, I took this video.)

Notes for creating your own kamishibai taken from Kamishibai Story Theater: The Art of Picture Telling by Dianne de las Casas:
  • first card’s text goes on back of last card
  • second card’s text goes on back of first card
  • use 11x15 or 14x22 paper

Friday, July 2, 2010

Storyteller and REFORMA President (Video)

Cuban native Lucia M. Gonzalez shares her noche (night) story, complete with cucullos. After introducing herself this way, she retold Bossy Gallito.  Gonzalez opened for brain scientist Patricia Kuhl, hence Gonzalez's hint at phonological awareness (having the audience repeat the sounds in words).

(Yes, I took this video.)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Mo Accepts the Andy at ALA (Video)

Mo Willems at the American Library Association Annual Conference 2010. This is the introduction to his acceptance speech for the Andrew Carnegie Medal. (Yes, I took this video.)

ALA Annual Conference Schedule (Actual)

Items in italics are committee requirements.

Sunday, June 27
8:00 - 10:30 LNOSCY Committee Meeting
11:00 - 11:30  (end of) Dave Isay from StoryCorps
11:30 - 12:00 (end of) Celebrating the Spoken Word with Poetry for Young People
12:00 - 12:30 Exhibits
1:30 - 3:30 Question, Find, Evaluate, Apply: Translating Evidence Based Practice to Information Literacy Instruction
4:00 - 5:30 Japanese Paper Theater: Interactive Culture for Your Library

Monday, June 28
8:00 - 10:00 Dr. Patricia Kuhl, Co-Director of the University of Washington Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences
10:30 - 1:00 ALSC Awards and Membership Meeting
1:30 - 3:30 Developmentally Appropriate Practice-What is the latest understandings of DAP and how to incorporate them into quality services
4:00 - 5:30 Who's driving the technology bandwagaon - the users or the librarians?