Category Archives: Pushing it forward

How to Mentor a Perfectionist

From the Harvard Business Review, a candid look at perfectionism and how to manage it in ourselves and those we are paired to teach.

While this was written with the boardroom in mind, it struck me as applicable to the classroom as well.  Though perfectionism is not the norm amongst Middle School students,  it is a familiar concern with some and might be for more if we recognize that the choice some students make not to do work as a way to cope with their fear of imperfection (a symptom of perfectionism). Perfectionism is not necessarily what drives successful people; in fact, certain people are successful despite their perfectionism.The difference between striving for excellence and striving for perfection is stark.  As a teacher and librarian, I realize my students should be encouraged to seek excellence – that is what stimulates growth.

The difference between striving for excellence and striving for perfection is as stark as the difference between the possible and the impossible.  As a teacher and librarian, I realize my students should be encouraged to seek excellence, which promotes growth.  Perfectionism is stressful and debasing, and loses the purpose of the task which is skill building.

The article also provides some nice reminders and tools to employ when working with perfectionists.  Definitely a worthwhile read.

Source: How to Mentor a Perfectionist

Primary Source Material in the Public Library | Awful Library Books

You may be tempted to keep older history materials, such as those written during the time the event was happening, because they are “important” or as valuable primary source material.

If your public library’s mission includes a statement about archiving and preserving, then yes, primary sources are for you! If your public library’s mission involves providing college or professional-level research materials, then yes, primary sources are for you as well! For everyone else, whose public library missions are to support the educational, entertainment, and life-long learning needs of the community through popular materials and programming (for example), primary sources are not for you. You’ll be better off with books that put history in its proper context: the past.

Source: Primary Source Material in the Public Library | Awful Library Books

Libraries are dying – but it’s not about the books | Simon Jenkins | Opinion | The Guardian

The internet stole the monopoly on knowledge but it can’t recreate a sense of place. Revival is possible.

The library must rediscover its specialness. This must lie in exploiting the strength of the post-digital age, the “age of live”. This strength lies not in books as such, but in its readers, in their desire to congregate, share with each other, hear writers and experience books in the context of their community.

Source: Libraries are dying – but it’s not about the books | Simon Jenkins | Opinion | The Guardian