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Strage Prize 2014 with Hansun Waring 

Congratulations to 2014 Strage Prize recipient Hansun Waring, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL at Teachers College Columbia University. This video focuses on a discussion of the research behind her recent paper: "Doing Being Playful in the Second Language Classroom" as well the LANSI Conference she began at TC. Dr. Waring's teaching and research …

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Nesting in the Collaboration Space 

“What's that big discoball on the second floor?", a student asked. "It's actually a nest!", I exclaimed. You, too, may have noticed our newest piece of art funded by The Myers Trust as part of the Library's Exhibitions Program. Intrigued by the "Reading Nest" at the Cleveland Public Library, the library design team …

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Creativity, Courage, & Arts Education 

In the introduction to A Whole New Mind, author Daniel Pink outlines the incredible paradigm shift occurring in society. He writes, "the last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind - computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch …

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Making Sense of the Election Process: Resources for Teachers 

You know it’s almost November 4th by the volume of political advertisements on TV that school-aged kids like to make fun of (for some very good reasons). The upcoming elections, however, also pose a real opportunity for teaching about voting and encouraging young people to be more active in the political process. For teachers interested …

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Maker Culture & Makerspaces in Libraries 

In recent years, maker culture has emerged as an all-ages movement, marked by a DIY ethic and communal sharing of resources & knowledge. Makerspaces have popped up all over as centers where people come together to share resources, knowledge, and ‘stuff’* in their creative pursuits. This is an intriguing concept to a lot of librarians …

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Ask a Librarian: How did you get through midterms? 

Computer stations are occupied, the scanners are buzzing, tensions are running a little high... Oh yes, midterms have definitely begun! Over at the reference desk, we've compiled a list of trusted crunch-time strategies from our days as undergraduate and graduate students, long long ago. Hope you'll give one or two (and especially number three) a …

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Library Resources for ITSF 4090, Issues and Institutions in International Educational Development 

This virtual handout is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in Dr. Mary Mendenhall's Fall 2014 course Issues and Institutions in International EducationalDevelopment.  The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones supporting …

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Library Resources for A&HL 4087, Introduction to Second Language Acquisition 

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for Dr. Hoa Nguyen's Fall 2014 course A&HL 4087, Introduction to Second Language Acquisition.  The resources, primarily electronic but some print, have been selected to support the objectives of the course, i.e., to provide<img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-21294" src="" alt="" …

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“I am in here”, by Virginia Breen 

Every parent looks forward to hearing their child’s first word. For Virginia Breen, that day never came. In contrast to her two other children—one autistic, the other not, daughter Elizabeth’s autism kept her locked in a silent world for the next few years. Not until the age of six was Elizabeth enabled to communicate through …

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Library Resources for A&HW 5031, Teacher Education in Social Studies 

This virtual handout is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for Dr. Scott Wylie's Fall 2014 course A&HW 5031, Teacher Education in Social Studies.  The resources,primarily electronic but also some print, have been selected to support the objectives of the …

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Wordless Narratives Book Talk 

Two Mondays ago, the library hosted a book talk for a study that centered around the children’s book, The Arrival by Shaun Tan, a wordless graphic novel about a man who leaves his family in a poor town in search of opportunity in another country.  The talk was led by Carmen Martinez-Roldan, Evelyn Arizpe, …

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Meet Kalliopi 

Are you a Teachers College student, and, if so, what are you studying? While I am not a TC student, I have long admired the tradition of progressive and innovative learning happening here.  As a former educator, I find TC and EdLab an inspiring place to be for positive change in education and public service. …

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Library Resources for A&HA 5005, Visual Arts Research 

This virtual handout is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for Professor Mary Hafeli's Fall 2014 course A&HA 5005, Visual Arts Research Methods.  The resources, primarily electronic but also some print, have been selected to support the objectives of the course, i.e., to explore "qualitative research methods and methodologies …

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The Art of Doing Nothing 

We put lots of pressure on our backs throughout the day, hunched over our computers, reading in awkward postures, or sleeping in otherwise uncomfortable ways. Over the course of typical grad student’s career, all this adds up to persistent aches: sore back muscles, hunched shoulders, dull pains in our neck, and the list goes on. …

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Library Services, Summer 2014: The College (and the Library?) as Makerspace 

Pupil At Desk With Manual Training Desk Cover, 9 University Place. Teachers College. (1893) The concept of libraries as makerspaces--sites where library users have the means to create with technology, in the broadest sense of the word that includes tools of all kinds as technology--is an exciting and challenging new development in our field, and …

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Instead of Sitting, Care to Try a Standing or Treadmill Desk? 

As any doctor, chiropractor or physical trainer can attest, sitting around all day is harmful for your health. Yet thousands upon thousands of students, teachers and other workers spend countless hours slouched in front of computer screens or hunched over cubicles and desks. At Teachers College Library, visitors have the option of staying on their …

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Meet Anastasia 

Are you a Teachers College student, and, if so, what are you studying? I'm coming in from outside the TC community; I got my MS in library and information science from St. John's University in May 2014, concentrating in academic librarianship, and did my undergrad at Wesleyan University in East Asian studies. Where’s your hometown?

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Library Resources for MSTU 4001, Technology and School Change 

This virtual guide presents descriptions of and links to databases available to students in Ellen Meier's Fall 2014 course MSTU 4001, Technology and School Change, that can be searched for periodical literature on topics related to the content of the course.  Links to the databases, accessible …

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Confrontation 9: a book talk with Dr. Dilshad Dayani 

Dr. Dilshad Dayani returned to Teachers College on September 24 to present and discuss concepts from her latest book Confrontation 9: Taking on the Challenges of Work, Family, and Purpose (2014). Dilshad Dayani is the President and Founder of “World Women Global Council” and the founding Vice President of UN WOMEN-USNC Dallas Chapter. Her mission, …

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