Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice (Hamline University, 2006) M.A. in Library and Information Science - MLIS (St. Catherine's University 2017). School Library Media Specialist Certification (St. Catherine's University 2017).
Hello there! My name is Rebekah Orensten and I LOVE my job as Library Media Specialist at BCMS! If you have any questions, please stop by the library or email me.
I am looking forward to starting my fourth year at The Creek (SY 2019-2020)! Last year, with the help of Library TAs and Genius Squad students the library was genrefied. I'm really excited for students to be able to be able to browse the library in a different way. The genres match what students read in their ELA classrooms (with the addtion of a couple extra genres): realistic fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, sports, and humor. I believe this will make a great impact on how students find books they want to read as well as making it easier for student TAs to help me put books back on the shelves for students to rechceck out. :)
Digital Media Explorations
In addition to my role as Library Media Specialist at Battle Creek Middle School I will also be teaching two sections of a new elective class this year, Digital Media Explorations (DME). In this class we will learn how to use our iPads to research, how to create with digital tools, and we learn about the role of media in our lives. If you have any questions you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
iPads: Students MUST bring their iPads to class each day. All projects and grades are heavily based on access to electronic resources and digital tools. Some work can be completed offline; however, without an iPad, students will not be able to earn full credit or complete the final projects.
Things to know: I do not assign homework often. All of our work is done in class. Students are given time to complete tasks over the course of each unit. Students who do not complete work during class may complete it at home. There is a lot of self-directed work in this class.
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