Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A Morning with Grandpa - Book Review

A Morning with Grandpa is a picture book written by Sylvia Liu and illustrated by Christina Forshay.

While Grandpa practices tai chi Mei Mei mimics him with her own unique style. Mei Mei then tries to teach Grandpa about yoga with comical results. A warm-hearted tale that shows the love they have for each other. The movements are explained within the story without being boring and technical. It seems more like the two characters are really interacting. The illustrations are colorful and readers will see the characters are happy being with each other. Little details like the bees and dragonflies add depth and interest to the drawings. The book ends with two pages on how to perform the tai chi and yoga moves mentioned in the story, with Grandpa and Mei Mei demonstrating. A nice book to share with a child. You can purchase the book from Amazon using this link.
Recommended for ages 3-6.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Strength Training Past 50 - Book Review

The newest edition of Strength Training past 50 has been updated with twenty more exercises (83 versus 63 in the 2nd edition). Many new professional references have been added to reflect current research. 

Both authors are well-known experts in the exercise and weightlifting fields. Westcott, a fitness director for the YMCA and strength training consultant, has authored or co-authored twenty fitness books and more than 300 professional articles. Baechle is an Exercise Science professor & chairperson for Creighton University, Executive Director of the National Strength & Conditioning Association and a United States Weightlifting Coach. 

The Exercise Finder tables in the beginning of the book make it easy to locate which body part you want to work on, which exercise to do (using machines, free weights or alternative equipment) and a page number to go to for more information. Assessment activities and rankings are included in chapter 2 so you can get a current baseline of fitness and know what goals to set.

Other chapters include; applying the principles of training, learning basic exercise techniques, specific machine and free-weight exercises, basic and advanced training programs and sport-specific programs.
The photographs are clear, black & white and include men and women performing the exercises. Exercise techniques are simple yet complete. Athletes, whether novice, intermediate or advanced will find useful information in this book. The workout plans in the later chapters are worth the price alone, though the rest of the book is filled with great information.

Westcott, Wayne & Thomas Baechle. Strength Training Past 50. 3rd edition. Human Kinetics, NY. 2015. Print.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Women's Guide to Triathlon- Book Review

USA Triathlon. The Women's Guide to Triathlon. Champaign: Human Kinetics, 2015. Print.

There are eighteen chapters in this book, each authored by a female writer or writers who are themselves triathletes and/or coaches and experts in swimming, biking, running or nutrition. 
Many black and white photographs using female athletes demonstrating proper form are included in the book. Chapters discuss mental training, nutrition, running, swimming and biking techniques, traveling to races, training plans from sprint races to a ½ Ironman distance, off-road triathlons and more. 
Novices will find the chapter on triathlon gear especially helpful. All triathletes can benefit from the tri-specific strength training exercises in chapter two and alternative exercises for triathletes in chapter five. 
Chapter three, on nutrition, has important information specifically for women. Included is; eating properly to recover from workouts, the influence of the menstrual cycle, estrogen levels, proper protein and carbohydrate levels, the timing of when and what to eat while training and sample menu plans. All female athletes would benefit from reading this chapter. 
This book will be helpful for triathlon coaches and athletes, whether the athlete is just beginning in triathlons or has extensive experience in the sport.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Flip This MOOC!

Using Gagne's Nine Events of Instruction as a template.

1. Gain Attention - Sarah Ade, "If you love to read" video.

2. Describe the Objective(s)
At the end of this lesson co-workers will be able to;
  • Explain what a MOOC is
  • Understand Gagne's Nine Events of Instruction
  • Begin to understand the FLIP method of teaching
  • Locate quick MLA help to share with students
3. Recall
4. Present Material
  • What is a MOOC and who cares anyhow?
  • Gagne's Nine Events*

5. Provide Learner Guidance
  • In groups discuss Flip Method. Useful or not? 
6. Practice New Skill - Elicit performance (class discussion)

7. Provide Feedback (instructor responses and student responses)

8. Assess Performance (review objectives - were they met?) Use Polleverywhere.

9. Enhance Retention (handout, blog address).

*Image obtained from http://insdsg619.wikispaces.com/Gagne

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Citation Assessment Games

Two interesting websites for assessing students in their understanding of citation styles are;

The Tic-Tac-Toe citation game from James Madison University (MLA only)


The Citation Game from Williams College Libraries. (APA, MLA, Chicago, ACS or a combination).

Monday, January 13, 2014

"If you love to read" song

This teacher has a great voice (Sarah Ada) and the message in the song is appropriate for libraries.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Super Librarian

Stumbled across this when looking for videos to use with one-shot library instruction classes. Not sure I would use this, but it's cute and funny.