Gale would like to congratulate the winners of the 2009 Gale/Library Media Connection TEAMS Award:
Media specialist Gwen Tetrick and first-grade teacher Karen
Duvall were concerned that students did not practice reading outside of
school and began a reading incentive program to lure reluctant readers
to the joy of reading. They used a Web site called Tumblebooks,
featuring stories in a video format with text that is highlighted as a
narrator reads the story. The program could be accessed from home or
school and students also came to the media center during lunchtime to
watch the stories. First through fourth-grade students participated in
the program. To encourage parental involvement, a parent or significant
adult was invited to join each student for a special breakfast in the
Tetrick and Duvall also wanted to motivate fourth graders to
read longer books and created the Hoosier Book Club, which included book
talks and hands-on activities. The public library also helped by
holding monthly programs inviting each grade level to attend a story and
craft program with their family.
During a three-week study on persuasive writing, seventh
grade language arts teacher Nick Grayson and media specialist Tonya
Martin sought to make this learning experience highly interactive. The
students participated in pre-writing activities and prepared
presentations for a distance learning debate. Some of the students
also participated in a global warming art contest sponsored by the
The distance learning session allowed students to ask
questions of a professional who was knowledgeable about their topic.
Two high school classes from different regions, one in New York and one
in Alberta, Canada, contributed different perspectives and offered
suggestions for the presentations. The seventh graders were fascinated
by the perspectives of the older students and benefited from their
suggestions. After more research and fine-tuning, the distance learning
debate was held with another class in Indianapolis.
Library media specialist Carol Chase, English teacher Kelly
Miller and business and technology teacher Roger French worked together
to create "Beyond Boundaries: Student Activism from Waterford to the
World" to educate students on global issues such as hunger, human
rights, and genocide. Students were divided into groups and became
"experts" on an assigned global issue and corresponding organization.
They researched their topics, created presentations and voted on which
issue to peruse.
Students planned a fundraising activity to benefit Kids
Against Hunger. They also participated in teleconferencing with guest
speakers involved with global issues including such topics as the global
water crisis, human rights and global warming. A "service fair" was
also held, with 30 exhibitors from local, national and international
organizations talking with students about their mission and
opportunities for volunteers.
We appreciate the considerable time and effort all of this
year's applicants put into creating and compiling their entries. We
received an impressive group of submissions, which made the evaluation
and decision process very difficult. The judges found it both humbling
and inspiring to read first-hand about the good work being done in our
We thank you again for your submission and we encourage you to enter the TEAMS Award competition again next year.
The Gale TEAMS Award is presented in cooperation with Library Media Connection.