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Tutor profile: Kerry M.

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Kerry M.
Library Media Specialist for Educators and K-12 students for 17 years
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Subject: Library and Information Science

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I have been given a scenario: I am the new children's librarian at a public library in a rural district. The Halloween Holiday is upon us within the next two weeks. I am excited to prepare a Halloween display and to prepare story hour and craft stations to celebrate the holiday. I began to realize that there are no Halloween children's books available. What should I do? My first thought would be to converse with staff for suggestions. We have been advised to cite research.

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Kerry M.
Answer:

Conversing with staff and other employees is not a bad idea but I believe you are looking for the term outreach. Please take the time research articles pertaining to outreach to the community with emphasis of the local schools. There is probably a good reason why there are no Halloween books available such as the community does not celebrate the holiday. Since it is a rural community, It is a possibility that your focus could be "fall harvest" and/or autumn, the changing of the leaves, Native Americans and much more. I think you can now get started and cite outreach articles. Please don't hesitate to ask further questions.

Subject: Early Childhood Education

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I created 5 learning centers for a prek 3 classroom. I provided instructions for each center along with a list of materials. I also stated that a timer would be used for 12 minute intervals. My professor reviewed my project briefly then stated the need for more detailed instructions before presenting this activity to a real prek 3 classroom. Do you have any suggestions for adding more detailed instructions?

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Kerry M.
Answer:

I do believe that your professor is trying to tell you that you will have to take the class through the steps of transition practice before fluid centers begin. Suggestion to state : Separate students by tiers/abilities (of course the real teacher would need to do this if you are using real students). Name each group (shapes, colors or theme related). Provide a detailed practice strategy. Once transitions a practiced on the first day, state the need for a shortened "dry run". They probably need a short practice prior to the following center days. Don't hesitate to state plenty of details. If you haven't added spacial awareness and health safety rules, It would be wise to do so. Please ask further questions if needed.

Subject: Education

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I need to create a lesson to present virtually through zoom. I have chosen a nonfiction book report for 5th grade. What format should I use to present to my audience. Should I use Nearpod? How should I suggest they submit their book report.

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Kerry M.
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I am assuming that you will be required to use your classmates as your audience. I would only use a Nearpod to quickly introduce then poll to see if they understand the process for creating a nonfiction book report. You may be able to locate a Nearpod that has already been created. Using google slides to provide an example for their final product would give them a greater reference and guide that they can refer to frequently. I would suggest providing very detailed instructions and example. The more instructions and examples you provide the more independently successful they will become. Please provide them a rubric for grading. For submission, Google Classroom has a way to assign and receive classwork. After presenting to your audience, you could provide a copy of the slide presentation for view only plus place access to a blank slide show for them to save and use for their individual presentation. Please don't hesitate to ask further questions.

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