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Wonders in Adventureland

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

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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.

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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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Surprise Summer Reads 2015

We have done Surprise Summer Reads for a few years now. This involves offering all staff and students the chance to have a book chosen for them, then wrapped an delivered to them on the last day of the Summer... Continue Reading →

Ethnography Project

Since January, a small group of students have been taking part in a special ethnography project, with a visiting ethnographer/storyteller (Richard Neville) who ran the weekly workshop and guided them through the process.  The purpose of the project was for... Continue Reading →

Librarians are restricting reading?

I have recently read a number of headlines and articles about pupils’ reading in secondary schools, including the headline: Pupils 'shunning tough books at secondary school' (National Literacy Trust, http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/news/5952_pupils_shunning_tough_books_at_secondary_school), and Tough books left on shelf by secondary school children (TES, http://news.tes.co.uk/b/news/2014/03/05/tough-books-left-on-shelf-by-secondary-school-children.aspx) which have... Continue Reading →

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