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Wonders in Adventureland

Librarian blogging about libraries, learning, education and anything else I find interesting (Tweeting @jionalib)

LED4001: How do people learn? How should we teach them?

Asking “how do we learn?” is an important question to consider because, if we are able to unpick the processes that underpin this, then we can better understand how it is that we can (hopefully) teach and learn better. When... Continue Reading →

LIASA-SLYSIG Conference 2016

I had the pleasure, and honour, of attending and presenting at School Library and Youth Services Interest Group's (an interest group of the Library and Information Association of South Africa) biennial conference in Bloemfontein on 28-29th June. The theme of the conference was "Connect,... Continue Reading →

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,000 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it... Continue Reading →

Photography

Did I mention I like taking photos in my "spare" time? If you are interested in seeing some of my work, then you can take a look at https://500px.com/johniona Have a great Christmas.

Book Review: My Brother Simple

Book review from one of my sixth formers, from our Literature Society. Source: Book Review: My Brother Simple

KS4 Breakfast & Books Club

My KS4 Breakfast and Books Club is going strong.  Although small, we have added a new member from year 10, as a result of my attending the evening for parents and their sons/daughters who are on the Academy's "more able" register.... Continue Reading →

Owen Jones’ ‘The Establishment’

A must read for everyone on the journey to a greater understanding of society... and the shadow behind it. Source: Owen Jones' 'The Establishment'

Window Writing

So, having had a read of Teacher Geek, by Rachel Jones (@RLJ1981) over the Summer, I took away her idea of using chalk pens for writing on windows.  As I don't have very many prominent display boards in my Library,... Continue Reading →

Book Club Introduction

I have written a guest-blog post about our year 10 book club on the OAE Media blog, where you can read all about what we have been up to in 2014-15. Please have a read to find out more.

Media Studies @ Oasis Academy Enfield

I have been running a small book club for pupils in year 10 in 2014-15.  It takes place every Wednesday morning before school, from 8.15-8.40am, in the Library.  Each week we get together for a breakfast snack and a chat about whatever we have been reading that week.

The thinking behind the club is primarily to get together to have an informal chat about books, share the books we love, recommend great books to one another and find new fantastic books to read.  Sometimes we all will have chosen to read the same book, other times different books by the same author, sometimes along a similar theme or genre, and yet other times completely different books altogether.  Each week we will have a chat about what we want to read next, and make a choice for what we are going to read next.  There is never any pressure to finish…

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