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What We’re Reading: “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success”

I just finished reading (well, listening to) "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Dr. Carol Dweck. I originally found this book in the book drop some time last year. I recently picked it up and really enjoyed it. Being that the hardcover copy is rather heavy, I decided to download the audiobook. I listened to …

Posted 15 days ago by Dina

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What’s Your Triple Package?

Are you… practical...empathetic... imaginative...persistent... intuitive... open-minded... curious... creative... logical... rigorous... enthusiastic...cooperative... passionate...? These are just some of the thoughts collected on the flipchart in preparation for the recent Socratic conversation What's YOUR "Triple Package"? Discovering and Activating Your "Signature Strengths" to Design Your Success, moderated by Ron Gross, author of Socrates Way and Co-Chair of …

Posted 19 days ago by Jennifer Govan

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Teaching Graphic Novels

Readers can't seem to get enough graphic novels, and luckily, the number of superb graphic novels appears to be multiplying exponentially every year. This is good news for teachers, since there are about a hundred reasons to use graphic novels in the classroom; one big reason being that graphic novels are frequently highly relatable, which …

Posted 26 days ago by Antonia

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Data artist Laurie Frick

New York and Austin-based installation artist Laurie Frick recently gave a talk at Pratt (where I study library & information science) entitled "The Art of Self-Surveillance" (here's a storify of some tweets about the talk). Though unfortunately I wasn't able to attend, I was intrigued by her use of "self-tracking" about things like mood, sleep …

Posted a month ago by Alex P.

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Earthquake for Teachers College?

A coworker recently informed me of a fairly-inactive fault line within walking distance of Teachers College. Coined "the 125th Street fault" -- the reason the 1 train stop is elevated -- the line runs from New Jersey through to the east side of Manhattan (the East River). Though earthquake activity in and around New York City …

Posted a month ago by Dina

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Animal-Assisted Literacy Programs Provide a Boost to Children’s Reading

Schools and libraries are increasingly seeing the value of programs that allow students to read to pets in order to boost reading skills. To date, such animal-assisted literacy programs are currently operating in 43 states throughout the U.S., as well as in Canada, the UK, Italy and India.1 In fact, as research into the growing …

Posted a month ago by Laurel Angrist

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Designing Learning Spaces in the Everett Library Café

The Designing Learning Spaces Collection is now available for perusal in the Everett Library Café. These books explore library and learning space architecture and planning, design elements like furniture, alternative classroom use cases, and even digital learning space design. These items are meant to support the Teachers College community in our redesign of the fourth …

Posted a month ago by Laura Costello

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Would It Kill You to Talk about Death for an Hour?

In fact, it didn't! Participants adopted a lively, healthy approach to discussing the Inevitable at a recent Socratic Conversation conducted by Ron Gross, co-chair of the Columbia University Seminar on Innovation in Education. Spurred by Sam Harris’ video, It Is Always Now (which looks philosophically at the present moment and why it’s important to live …

Posted a month ago by Jennifer Govan

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Seeing Stars in NYC

Walking around NYC in the winter months -- boots on, bundled up -- one wouldn't expect to ever look up what with all the black ice, snow piles, contents of tipped over trash cans, and dog poop to avoid. Every once in a while, while waiting for the white hand to tell me it’s alright …

Posted a month ago by Dina

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On net neutrality and intellectual freedom

The Washington, DC, Court of Appeals ruling on January 14th states that the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) does not have the authority to impose so-called "net neutrality" rules on Internet Service Providers (ISPs). In the article "Court strikes down net neutrality: FCC blocking, discrimination rules invalidated" from February 15, 2014, Ian Chant explains that this decision …

Posted a month ago by John

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Sylva Sylvarum

Hot off the printing presses...three hundred and fifty years ago! Look at this rare tome that appeared on our desk today from the closed stack. It's the Sylva Sylvarum: or A Naturall Historie In Ten Centuries, by Francis Bacon, Viscount St Alban (1561–1626). It was originally printed in 1627, but our edition is from 1676. …

Posted a month ago by Antonia

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See the ABC of It!

Through March 23, the NYPL's Schwarzman Building is host to an illuminating exhibition on children's books: The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter. Although it's safe to say that most people in the TC community are already convinced that children's books matter, a peek at this show reveals the hidden historical context of many …

Posted 2 months ago by Alex P.

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Feeding Our Flame: A Campfire Conversation to Fuel Our Resolutions for the New Year

Happy 2014! Marshmallows-on-sticks to hand, a group of 16 conversationalists gathered in the Socratic circle to fire up the New Year. While books on display focused on themes of gratitude, commitment, and life change, comments on the flip chart sparked thoughts for new beginnings: Better health. Finding three new good friends. Need more income to …

Posted 2 months ago by Jennifer Govan

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De-Mystifying the Literature Review

A review of the literature is an important first step in the process of writing a thesis or dissertation, or any paper for publication.  It asks that you read and critique articles, books, and other sources that have already been written on your topic or related topics.  In the process, you are required to find …

Posted 2 months ago by Allen Foresta

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Meet Antonia.

Hello! I’m Antonia, and I'm a new Services Associate at the Teachers College. Are you a Teachers College student, and, if so, what are you studying? No, I got my MSIS at the University of Texas at Austin, with emphases in research, outreach services, and archival work. Where’s your hometown? Baltimore, Maryland. John Waters is my …

Posted 2 months ago by Antonia

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Library Resources for Teaching English in the Classroom

Over the past two decades, the number of non-native English speakers in the United States school system has more than doubled.i These demographic changes have put greater emphasis on the challenges involved in teaching English language Learners (ELLs), which range from issues in communication among teachers, students and parents, and the pace of lessons in the …

Posted 2 months ago by Laurel Angrist

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Call for Student Musicians

Come showcase your talents at the Everett Cafe! We sponsor live music Mondays through Thursdays, 4-5pm, 5-6pm, or 6-7pm, scheduling weekly performances at peak cafe hours to maximize enjoyment by our community. Vocalists and acoustic instrumentalists performing classical, folk, jazz, bluegrass, traditional, pop, and/or world music are most welcome, as we strive to suit a …

Posted 2 months ago by Jennifer Govan

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Meet Alex P.

Hi! I'm Alex, a recent transplant to New York and one of the new Services Associates. I'm looking forward to helping you with your library and research questions this semester. If you need help finding images to use in your work, I'm especially interested in image resources, so come find me if you need help …

Posted 2 months ago by Alex P.

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Tales from the Book Drop: Fruits and Flowers of the Holy Land

A co-worker showed me one of our closed stack books this summer -- bound in beautiful dark brown leather with hand-drawn and colored illustrations.  I couldn't help but wonder about the history behind it.  "Plants of the Holy Land" was written by Reverend Henry S. Osborn in 1861. As the title suggests, it is all …

Posted 2 months ago by Dina

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