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I think the issue is more of teaching students to be respectful of those
around them.  I do not have a black or white rule of talking in the
library.  As I said, a teacher brings his or her rules when they use the
library as their classroom for a project.  I try to teach the students
to look around them and determine if they need to be quiet because
someone beside them is trying to read or study.  Learning appropriate
behavior is part of becoming mature.  I think sometimes we just assume
student's pick up appropriate behavior -- I think it should be taught.
Secondary teachers often discuss this and usually put the fault on the
middle and elementary teachers, with their oftentimes heard lament, "Why
don't they teach these kids appropriate behavior?"  When is it
appropriate to run, when to walk?  When is horseplay appropriate, when
not?  When is a loud voice ok, when not?  Becoming aware of their
environment, what is going on around them, and responding to that with
appropriate behavior is my desired outcome for students using the

Sharon Slaney, Librarian
Timberlake H.S. Library
5973 W. Hwy 54
P.O. Box 909
Spirit Lake, Id. 83869

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