So, we all know that it can be nerve racking going to school and trying to present yourself well in such an environment. Now with remote learning it can be even more stressful for some, well because, you are at home. Some of us have to share a space for doing our zoom and it is hare to present the best back ground for your zoom. Not to mention Virtual Background doesn't always work for everyone. In the video below I'm going to show you some tricks that work for improving your back ground setting, especially if you have limited space.
This week is all about journaling. The following link has 105 writing ideas for your journal, should you need the inspiration. If not, have fun!
Here are the resources consulted.
USAToday article by David Oliver, "Be part of history: Smithsonian museums collect artifacts from coronavirus pandemic" https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2020/05/21/coronavirus-smithsonian-museums-collecting-artifacts-pandemic/5235520002/
Information from the University of Rochester's Medical Center on Journaling for Mental Health https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentID=4552&ContentTypeID=1
NYTimes article by Hayley Phelan, "What's all this about journaling?" https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/25/style/journaling-benefits.html
Need more than just to journal your feelings and thoughts? Need to talk? Feel free to contact Hortenica Seibel (email@example.com) or Christina Reyes (firstname.lastname@example.org) our school counselors at RMMS.
Or you can use some of the following resources. Mental health is important and you don't have to go through this alone.
Do you like plants? Do enjoy gardening? Or, you just need to have some nature in doors when you're at home?
Well a terrarium may be the perfect makerspace project for you. Terrariums are little ecosystems that you can create for your indoor space. There are two types of terrariums, those that are just home to a plant ecosystem or some people create terrariums that a little critter can live in (such as: snakes, lizards, hamsters, etc. And the cool thing is that it can be as simple or as complex as you wish it to be, depending on the resources you have available. It can be a closed terrarium or an open terrarium, whatever suits your needs.
So here is some information for you from NASA on one way to construct a DIY terrarium for your home.
So, you may have heard about "makerspaces" before. Perhaps you've even had the opportunity to work in them in your classrooms. This blog is going to all about creating a space for yourself. Not to mention breaking a few misconceptions about makerspaces and their uses.
First thing to understand, you don't need a classroom to have a makerspace. Often times makerspaces are only used in elementary classrooms, but sometimes libraries and upper grade classrooms have a space for students create from their own imagination and planning. That's what a makerspace is, a space for you to create with the given tools and resources you have.
What subjects can you makerspace cover? Any subject you choose. It can even be a hybrid of multiple curriculums. You can have a makerspace of culinary and science. Math and art. History and literature. Literature and wood working. Only your imagination can put limits on what you can do in a makerspace.
For more information, here is a link about makerspaces:
Ms. Stimpson is the librarian at Red Mountain Middle School in Deming, NM. This blog is for the purpose of sharing ideas and inspiring our patrons to get creative, as well as learn how to carve a space out for themselves when sharing with others.