Author Archives: Paula Montrie

About Paula Montrie

I am a Middle School Librarian at Friends School of Baltimore. I have been a librarian for 11 years, serving 6 years with the Howard County Public School System before arriving at my current school. I teach two classes: SpeechCraft (a combination of information literacy, public speaking and theater), and Media Literacy at the middle school level. I also collaboratively co-teach with a number of teachers at the school, including Music, Geography, and U.S. History. I love it! My professional interests are: information literacy, multiple intelligences and learning styles, teaching through movement, curriculum-writing, technology integration, and bridging the gap between digital natives and digital immigrants. My personal interests are: dancing, singing, knitting, sewing, art, living history, writing and of course - reading!

I Want to Ditch Study Hall

I am on a mission to ditch study hall. I was lamenting about how monitoring 12 study halls per week is making me feel – well, not myself.  Last year, I brought it to the faculty and administration (and received … Continue reading

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Shelf Life

We kicked off our new Alternate Reality Reading Game last week with this video teaser. The game will be played for 8 weeks, with several faculty serving as “operatives” and contacts for the students, while others *may* be less trustworthy! … Continue reading

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Just Like Frying an Egg

So this morning I woke up and decided to learn something that I didn’t know how to do: fry an egg.  I love eating fried eggs, so it was motivating for me to learn how to do so myself.  On … Continue reading

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Becoming a Student Again

This year I decided to take Russian with the 6th graders.   I did this for a few reasons.  I wanted to experience what my students experience when they learn something new – all disorientation along with all of the excitement, … Continue reading

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My Blogging Story

I’m hosting a Blogging Alliance at my school this year, and by way of introduction, I promised to make my “history” with blogging available to the community, “warts and all” – so here goes!  Read ONLY if you think it … Continue reading

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Protest Music – Online Interviews

This is a post to show the teachers working on the Protest Music project how we might get parents, students and other interested parties to give responses to the songs selected by the students. The students would select the song, … Continue reading

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Secrets Lurking in the Bibliography

Let’s get one thing straight: I am not the Bibliography Queen. I do not derive pleasure from looking at a list of 34 sources, scrutinizing them for the finer points of alphabetization (numbers before letters, and don’t forget to skip … Continue reading

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