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      Never did I thought I would spark such a debate (albeit between
only four people) concerning Sybil's share of the "Vision of Students
Today" video.  However, the recourse have me all mixed up inside.
        Much of this stems from people's schema when they watch the
video, but also their position in the school.  As a school librarian I
view myself as a teacher.  I do not describe my role as one who simply
orders materials & shares literature.  When I work with classrooms I'm
teaching a lesson.  Sure I stop along the way and share literature in
various formats, but when I do I also suggest authorship, activities
(online and on paper), and games.
        Another need might be that there's a new generation of teachers
and librarians who might need to hear this.  As much as I hate "updated"
versions of classic movies or songs, I recognize their need for the next
generation.  Maybe they need to hear this today?  Have you ever stopped
to think that if students are still making these videos that things
AREN'T changing as much as we might think?

>JEFF<I thought they were saying that they had an abundance of expensive
tech tools already at their disposal, but just weren't interested in
using them for their studies.>HASTINGS<

        There it is!  Here's a clear-cut reason for us (librarians and
teachers) to step up and teach.  Use and model its use.  Create projects
like this video to spark the need and interest of others to do the same.
Heck, write the grants necessary to fill that cost gap we all have to
get more.

Did the students seem to WANT to learn, by any means?>HASTINGS<

        There are always students who may not want to learn in the
environment they're given.  How does one help a student find the
intrinsic motivation that we all possess?  Everyone has their method,
but I choose to model and inspire.  The tools of literature, models,
manipulatives, and access to technology is everything I need.
        We all know that the roles of school librarians have changed.
School librarians are teachers and we need to teach.  Instead of
complaining, I would rally that we be a model for staff and students.
Ask yourself if you are... 
1) ...teaming with your teachers to work with them to support curricular
goals and intertwine information literacy goals?
2) ...providing David Loertscher's flexible scheduling with your school
and teaching lessons not only about literature, but information literacy
(and I would add on media/visual and ICT literacies)?
3) ...helping your students take command of the information age by
teaching 21st Century Skills like IMSA's 21st Century Information
Fluency Project?

>TONI<For me, it all comes down to the excitement and lasting change
that a good education provides.  It requires a tremendous investment on
the part of educators and an equal investment from students (and
remember, as educators, it is WE who set the expectations for the
students).  That student investment, I think, is more likely to come
when we step into new teaching territory that is exciting for them.  I
suppose it comes down to my same old song--education is, at all levels,
meant to be about student learning and achievement.  As educators, we
must continually ask ourselves how we are ENSURING that

        In the words of failed 90s rapper, Vanilla Ice: "Word." Couldn't
have said it better myself Toni.  ;-)

Stepping down off the soap box,

Josh Mika
LRC Director
Beebe Elementary
Naperville, IL

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