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Deven Black
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Middle School Librarian; People say I'm smart, witty and occasionally wise. Perhaps.
Middle School Librarian; People say I'm smart, witty and occasionally wise. Perhaps.

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Deven Black commented on a post on Blogger.
I use a Chrome add-in called WOT (web of trust) that warns me of dangers associated with the websites I visit. It tells me that Contweets.com has been identified as a source of malware. I will not be using Contweets and I suggest that anyone who does should keep their anti-virus programs updated and turned on.

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 What these students are complaining about is not really the teacher, but the curriculum and the style of teaching mandated by the school or district.

Everyone learns all the time, but in a haphazard way. Students often don't realize how they developed the intellectual tools they need to learn efficiently on their own. I'm as anti-curriculum as anyone, but EVERYONE, students, adult-learners, EVERYONE needs guides, interlocutors, people who will challenge their assumptions and conclusions, and others. Real learning is never a solitary pursuit, and can't be done in the middle of the tsunami of potential links Google and other search engines throw at one.

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Vulcan overlooking Birmingham, Alabama.
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These are all good suggestions, but they barely touch on the main causes of teacher dropout: lack of support from administration and too much micro-managing. The latter can be rephrased as lack of recognition of one's professionalism and abilities. 

Teachers, like most people, want to have a say in their working environment and recognition that they have the intelligence and experience to contribute ideas and suggestions that the administration (district as well as school) need to pay attention to. This does not mean that all teacher suggestions need to be implemented, but that their suggestions get a fair and considered hearing. 

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Stunned, honored and humbled to be a finalist for a librarian Bammy Award alongside  Shannon McLintock Miller, Joyce Valenza, and two other excellent librarians, Jennifer LaGarde and Matthew C. Winner.

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Help focus the energy of young people on the task of making the world a better place. Please join me in supporting the important work The Quest2Matter is doing.

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Job Vacancies! Elementary media specialists/librarian vacancies (2) open in the progressive and beautiful Albemarle Va - home to the UVa. Join Melissa Techman and other full time, well-supported librarians who work under one of the best Superintendents ever, Pam Moran, and are designing maker/flex library spaces - click Meriwether Lewis and/or Woodbrook Elem to apply.
http://www.albemarle.org/jobdetail.asp?department=hr&ID=14949  

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The South Bronx is blooming!

Thanks for the invite, Lynn. I'm Deven Black,@devenkblack on Twitter. I am a middle school librarian in NYC who is trying to bring a tech-lacking school into the 21st (or in some cases, late 20th) Century. I am constantly learning and always looking to share what I learn (except everyone else seems to know it first).

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Blatant self promotion and a bit more.
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