Tutor profile: Heather M.
You want to communicate with a teacher and your best friend that you will be absent from class today. Create a sample text below to each to show your understanding of writing for an audience.
Teacher text: Professor Maneiro. This is Heather Davidson. Unfortunately I have not been feeling well. I visited health services and my COVID test came back negative, but the doctor recommended that I not attend class in-person for the next two days. I have logged on to Sakai to view the assignments and notes. If there is any other work or notes that you want me to have, feel free to send via Sakai. I will come to class a few minutes early next session to follow-up or stay a few minutes late. Thanks in advance for your understanding. Bestie text: No rona. 2 day excuse! GTA?!
Subject: Library and Information Science
A school district in Ohio recently announced that it will be closing all of its school libraries turning them into STEAM centers. Write a letter to the school board outlining your support, or advocating for a re-evaluation.
Dear School Board X, As a library media coordinator, I am frightened at the most recent decision to close our school libraries. I do not believe that all of the research and appropriate analysis was presented to you, but the research itself may indeed be an issue. As colleagues at SUNY Buffalo have pointed out, research in school librarians has often been questioned on confirmation bias and methodology (Stefl-Mabry, J., Radlick, M., Mersand, S., & Gulatee, Y. , 2020). Perhaps we need to see how research in education itself is problematic. Indeed, Cathy Mae (2020) outlined in her research the problems regarding research in education and the struggles teachers have in performing action research independently. Indeed, if we remove school libraries and librarians to focus on STEAM alone, are we ensuring these research concepts are covered? I see in the outlined plan a plan for books and reading, but libraries today are so much more. I believe we owe it to ourselves to move to at minimum a phased approach and properly research and evaluate the transition to see if this truly is the best choice for educating the children in our district. Sincerely, Heather Maneiro, MSLIS, MCP Media Coordinator Lead School District Y Stefl-Mabry, J., Radlick, M., Mersand, S., & Gulatee, Y. (2020). School library research: Publication bias and the file drawer effect? Journal of Thought, 53(3), 19-34,77-78. Retrieved from http://libproxy.lib.unc.edu/login?url=https://www-proquest-com.libproxy.lib.unc.edu/scholarly-journals/school-library-research-publication-bias-file/docview/2350087107/se-2?accountid=14244 Cathy Mae, D. T. (2020). “Real-world:” preservice teachers' research competence and research difficulties in action research. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 13(1), 126-148. doi:http://dx.doi.org.libproxy.lib.unc.edu/10.1108/JARHE-03-2019-0060
With COVID, education has changed significantly for many. How do you see it has changed? Do you feel the changes have been primarily positive or negative?
The positive change in education that I have seen during COVID is that remote learning is far more accessible for most. I see many of my students that did not succeed in a traditional classroom now thriving. However, as happens with many changes, inequities are highlighted. Students that do not have a strong home support system and strong intrinsic motivation are struggling and many education organizations are failing to provide the needed support. I feel then that COVID has been a catalyst in the education system being forced to make some needed changes; however, it has highlighted again inequities that we must continue to work on.