Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Return of the Iron Fist: Child Management Part 2

Lately I've noticed a discussion on a list-serv I follow about child management in the library. I wrote a successful post last summer that has been helpful to many, but this debate made me realize I didn't go far into the use of the negative in rule-making in the children's area.

Mainly because our problem was bribery of children to behave.

But truly, on the other end of the spectrum, there is a matter of writing rules for children and tweens that are inviting rather than negative.

The entirety of what I'm about to write will probably sound overly fluffy. You may dismiss it, as some might, assuming that by omitting the word "No" only feeds the fire of Precious Snowflake Culture.

But I assure you, this is anything but. This is years of trying and failing and trying again and failing and crying in the bathroom and then trying again because me and kids were stuck together.

And sometimes I was just like:

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

So Much Screen Time

So according to some sources (the sources that completely ignore the fact that there were any kind of teenagers in the late nineties) I am technically of the inaugral birth year of Millenials. Which makes sense, I guess, because I did grow up with technology in a different way than even those who were born a few years before me did. My family got their first Apple IIE when I was 7 or 8. I spent free time playing Oregon Trail and Dragon's Keep and Lemonade Stand in all their cutting-edge green monochrome glory. I made birthday banners on Print Shop that only took around 15 minutes to print on our dot-matrix. Not that I had such a keen sense of time, but I do know that it took more time than taking a bathroom break but less time than watching an episode of Punky Brewster.
On the second thought, maybe I was 6.


In my childhood, it was a novelty to get "computer time." The Apple IIE was really my only computer experience until about age 11, when I picked up a Baby Sitter's Club book and in the back it was like, "join us on the Web" and had a keyword and I had no idea where I would possibly put that in a computer. I was just all like:

Monday, August 06, 2012

This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things.

So maybe the title is a little over-dramatic. But I think I might be done with technology-based programming for K-5.

After the awesome book trailers that were made by three kids on a no-school day back in February, I decided to make 3 super-short Kid Vid Mondays during July. I thought, maybe they didn't come because it was beautiful in February. Maybe if I make it shorter, and in the summer, we'll create things like all those libraries I hear about with their fancy tech centers, wherever they are.

Attendance was... well:
Kid Vid #1: 4 kids
Kid Vid #2: 3 kids
Kid Vid #3: 4 kids