As we celebrate library cards, let’s also celebrate libraries all over the country that are doing away with fines for overdue books. Chicago became the largest U.S. city to do away with their fine system. Fines for overdue items disproportionately impact low income communities and patrons who can often not pay and subsequently get their access to books, movies and internet access cut off. Proud that my public library in Nampa, Idaho has also followed the trend and eliminated fines.
Thanks for the insight, Tara Rowe! I didn't know about this effort, and I'm glad to hear of it. I wonder what eliminating fines will do to the rate of timely returns. It will be interesting to see how this develops.
An update: A book at my local library that was due soon (within a week) brought about an email from my library notifying me that it had been automatically renewed. Usually I would receive an email reminding me it was due. I assume this is the new process to prevent the system from fining library patrons. As for what it will do to the speed in which books are returned, I have no idea. I hope that most patrons are like me and consider that there might be someone waiting for a book. I don't know how this will work if a person places a hold on a book.
Dr Walter, I find your section about student growth in relation to writing and English to be quite helpful. As a student who struggles with the transition into college writing, tips are certainly helpful.
Mary, I firmly believe in your potential. This semester is the start of your lifelong adventure in the grown-up pursuit of education. I look forward to the day you are my fellow alumnae.
Dr. Walter, I find your section about what students should know before coming to your college compostion classes very helpful. It gives me great insite on what I need to need to know for your class.
I think if you can master those skills they will make your life easier and your studies more meaningful in EVERY class.
I'll be interested to know when you discover opportunities to make use of them as you go through college.
Dr. Walter, I found your section about things you wish your students knew to prepare them to your class important. I think these could really help me in the future for future classes.
Alaina, I hope you printed her article. I believe that if you can master half of what she has in the lists, you will succeed. You have potential to be a good writer/communicator. Don't let silly things interfere with the educational opportunities that are being presented to you.
Knowledge is Power!
Dr. Walter, I find your section on what students should know before coming to college very helpful. It is something I look forward to using on future assignments not only for your class but for all of my classes.
Bryce, You my friend are definitely a willing participant in the learning process. I'm glad she had this article in the newsletter in this edition. Many of the students in our class have benefited from the information. Many have stated that the information that they are taking away from the article and Dr. Walter's class is helping them in other areas of study. That is a good sign that the information is being given in an appropriate manner. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it.
Dr. Walter, I found your section about what college students should know before composition classes but also keep that knowledge very helpful. It’s helpful to know what is essential in order to keep improving our writing skills.
Lizette, writing skills are so important in learning to communicate effectively. That was a good take away on the article. I hope you are taking full advantage of everything in the newsletter. So much interesting and informative content in there. I hope you are available to take advantage of all the help she is offering. It is so beneficial in your progression.
Dr. Walter, I chose to read your article about what students need to know before coming to your class. I found it very helpful. Also, with being in your class I have learned quite a bit which has already helped me not only in your class but my other classes as well. I was nervous coming to college at first because I am not as young as some of my peers but you have helped in many ways and I truly appreciate you. I can’t wait to be a UAM graduate along with you!
Christina you are going to be great in Criminal Justice. You absorb information and instruction like a sponge. I see so much growth in your writing since Dr. Walter. You my friend have nothing to worry about. You should however read Grover Welch's article, he is so informative. You'll enjoy it.
It is nice to see your insight on students entering college. I find that through repetition students do improve. I fully agree that summer compromises lots of knowledge retention. Although college is hard for students and professors, students appreciate professors that go the extra mile to help them progress and improve.
Brittney, I'm proud of all the progress you are making in class. You are so bright. I hope you get a chance to enjoy some of the articles in the newsletter. This newsletter brings students so much insight into other scholars, and in doing so we all benefit in receiving new instruction. Every tiny piece of information we receive builds our minds to a greater degree.
Dr. Walter, I find your selection about student knowledge from high school to college important to me because coming into college felt like a struggle to me. It felt as if I wouldn’t remember the information I would need to know for college. I’m very appreciative that you took the time out and told us once again the things we need to know to better our writing skills.
Alexandria, I too was appreciative of all Dr.Walter provided me in her instruction. She is without a doubt a great asset to her students. I see how you are progressing in the class and feel you are going to take full advantage of all her knowledge.
Let me start by saying that I feel extremely fortunate to have ended up as a freshman in your class! I do not know how you manage to tackle all the things you do! You are truly an inspiration! As for comments on the newsletter, I have a few points to make.
-In reference to your Editorial Note and embedded map...well done! You have really reached out to people all over the world. Amazing!
-I read your article "I Wish/I Hope" and remember discussing this in class. Even though I am not just entering adulthood, I found several points helpful.
-The book review for "Sadie" has peaked my interest. I have never used podcasts or listened to audio books; however, I am looking forward to listening to this during my communte to and from school.
-I am proud of our small library in Star City (Lincoln County). I have always thought it important to make it a part of my children's lives. They have had library cards there, as I have, for many years. I cannot say enough about our librarian, Simone Kirk, and all she does for our community.
-I was impressed when reading your accomplishments in Announcements, Awards, News & Notes.
Thank you for sharing.
Amber it is apparent that you read and understood the article. I'm glad you recieved it so openly. One benefit of Dr. Walter newsletter is the informative articles. There is so much that we can to learn from other scholars.
Dr. Walter, I find your section about how you wish students knew to prepare them for you college composition classroom very helpful and important. I tend to use these in the future and it’s always helpful to know what is needed in order to improve our writing skills.
Jacob, it is always good to realize you need extra help to progress in your learning. I hope you have a chance to read some of the other material. Glover Welch has a really good article which I personally enjoyed.
I find the book Sadie very interesting I really want to read the book. I was excited to see that it was an audio book because while in college it’s hard for me to read for pleasure because I’m always reading for homework or doing some type of homework. With the audio book I can now listen while I do homework and I am very excited
Jazmyne, definitely read more. but audio books are great learning tools. They can also be a wonderfully creative escape. So enjoy them.
Be sure to read some more of the articles. they are extremely informative.
I wished I would have been known that cause I’m really not a strong reader , and I’m trying to increase my vocabulary
Genesis, everything from this moment on is on you. You can become a better reader, a proficient writer, and an excellent student. But first you have to commit to learning. You have to be willing to do the work.
What refreshing incites. Grover Welch's, article was outstanding and so personal to me right now. I constantly make mistakes when trying to teach. And as a new teacher I know its hard on the students also. So inspired.
Dr. Walter as always your articles are informative. I absolutely enjoyed this newsletter.
Constance, you and I are both fans of Grover's writing. I too appreciate his insights into real life in the everyday classroom. Here's hoping he keeps sharing them with us! I also appreciate the encouragement of regular readers like you. Your desire to become a strong and positive influence in the lives of students is the sin qua non.
Going through high school, I have seen many students challenge the authority of their teachers. I have even seen a few students challenging the authority of the police officer that stayed on campus during school hours. I have seen teachers who act out in rage to the students who challenge them, punish them and never think of it again. They leave that relationship broken, neither being able to fully trust the other. To read a story like this, to read your story about your experience with this kind of situation, makes me realize even more how hard a teacher's job really is. I have not ever really thought about what teachers might go through outside of school, what kind of problems they have in their personal life. The things they go through affects not only their personal life but also their career and to be able to pull through that and realize a mistake and to be able to fix a relationship with a student, is incredibly impressive.
Teachers are incredible people who deserve so much more credit than what they get. The teachers I've had in high school and the ones I have now in college are all incredible people who want to help their students with all they have and I am truly grateful for that!
Kalee, I’m so glad you read this article. I too was inspired by his ability to admit his wrong and right it. We are all human and we all make mistakes.
Thank you for all the kind words. I appreciate that so many people have found my article helpful.
Grover Welch, your article was so inspirational to all of the students I talked to. Thank you for your very insightful article.
Dr. Walter I found a lot of helpful things of what you have done to your children in the past. I also read some comments and a lot of people would say good things about you. And I truly have experience that you are a very sweet and helpful lady. You have been helpful to me and to our classmates. I'm glad that you enjoyed all your trips and also enjoy being around students all ages and learning their experiences and you helping them.
Oscar, I am glad you enjoyed reading some of this newsletter and the comments it has received. Think about the lessons you have learned about being successful in college. What, specifically, have you found most useful that you could pass along to younger learner's to help them succeed too?
I really enjoyed the September newsletter! I particularity liked your post on "I wish/ I hope." Being a former student in your composition class there were many things I failed to remember and learn during my time in public school in regards to writing. Although it was not impossible, it did make it challenging for me to learn and pick them up quickly. I think it would have been helpful to have even a list of things the summer before starting college that I could have looked over and refreshed myself on to be more prepared in the beginning. I look forward to the next newsletter!
It has been a joy to watch you grow from a freshman into a young lady who takes the world by storm. Thank you for the ongoing interest you demonstrate in this newsletter and in your own education. Keep it up!
Dr. Walter, the article "i wish / i hope" is exactly what incoming college students need. Being that at one point i was a newly college scholar, i can vouch that it does take maturity while that does not happen over night. Its takes struggle grow , while still being a teenager learning how become one with the world.
Patrick, I'm so glad you found the items in "I wish / I hope" helpful! And keep in mind, your personal experience can help new, incoming freshman as well. You might have to grow on your own, but a little help from a friend never hurt. Hope you continue to learn and grow!
Dr. Walter I appreciate you writing an article on what you wish students would know before coming to your classroom. I intend to implement the list in my teaching.
Emily, it is wonderful to know that something in the newsletter is inspirational to your teaching. I look forward to seeing your graduates in my classrooms next year!