We all know that we feel a little happier after watching that adorable puppy video but now science has confirmed that viewing pictures and videos of cute animals or relaxing scenery can both reduce our stress AND increase productivity (Nittono, 2012; University of Leeds, 2020).
Check out some of these free live animal cams to use while you are studying or relaxing:
Monterey Bay Aquarium live cams
Wolong Grove Panda Yard
The Hippo cam at San Diego Zoo
Tembe Elephant Park
Audubon Bird Cams
Nittono, H., Fukushima, M., Yano, A., & Moriya, H. (2012). The power of kawaii: Viewing cute images promotes a careful behavior and narrows attentional focus. PloS one, 7(9), e46362.
Reading texts out loud to a group, known as a read aloud, is often associated with elementary story time. However, research shows that reading aloud both fiction and non-fiction texts has benefits for participants of all ages. Some of the benefits include:
Our School and Community Leadership classes learned about these benefits and practiced leading interactive read alouds with their peers. The classes will prepare a read aloud to complete with the BOCES students to help foster a love of literature.
Check out these evidence based sources that explain the benefits of read-alouds for both readers and listeners:
1. Here’s a way teachers can help break down equity barriers in high school: reading aloud to students
2. Why Every Class Needs Read Alouds, ACSD
3. A Curriculum Staple: Reading Aloud to Teens, SLJ
4. What Are the Benefits of Reading Aloud? An Instructional Format for College-Age Learners
In the past few weeks I have observed a number of students working on presentations for their classes. They are a tricky beast to master! - just ask any teacher. A variety of factors influence the success of your presentation, including but not limited to: your body language, your tone of voice, the interactivity of the presentation, and the visual materials.
If I could give students one tip to improve their presentation skills it would be to speak with confidence, not from a script, and in an engaging tone of voice. This is a skill that takes practice, but is one that will continue to be useful throughout your life.
Want more presentation tips? Check out the infographic below. Also, if you need to work with a group on your presentation swing by the library to check out our new media classroom with collaborative TV stations for effective group work!
Film adaptations of movies are often controversial, but sometimes writers and directors get it right (such as the Harry Potter series).
Award winning novel The Hate U Give was recently adapted to film with great success. With a cast full of stars, a compelling and thought-provoking plot, and a score of 97% from movie review site Rotten Tomatoes consider giving this one a watch (and a read).
Check out local movie times here!
It's the start of a new school year - you want to make a positive impression on your teachers but many of us have never been taught how to write a "formal" email! When asking a teacher a question via email there are some general guidelines you can use to help you express that you are studious, respectful, and caring. Watch the short Youtube video below for the winning email formula:
Are you a Netflix binger? Be sure to check out some of the "bingeable books" we have available in the library!