Author Archives: Buffy J. Hamilton

About Buffy J. Hamilton

I am a writing and Language Arts teacher who loves learning, literacy, stories, learning, dogs, poetry, fabulous shoes, and good lip gloss. I began my career as a high school English teacher in 1992 and then became a high school librarian and 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker before returning to the classroom in August 2016.

Video Interview: The Importance of Choice for Igniting Student Passion and Learning Through Research Projects

Earlier this week, we featured a blog post about art inspired by student research.  Teagan tell us a little more about her creative process and how choice in creating learning products can ignite student passion for research and inquiry!

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Art Gallery Inspired by Student Research and Content Creation

Research Inspired ArtThis fall, The Unquiet Library has hosted a unique art installation inspired by student research this past spring.  Some of you may remember Teagan from this past winter and her unique approach to creating mindmaps.  Teagan and her partner Kristiena (whom you may remember as one of my co-authors from this fall for a Knowledge Quest article) created a digital multigenre research composition on veterans and PTSD.  Both Teagan and Kristiena were part of a group of students who generously shared their insights and reflections on being immersed in a participatory culture of learning.   In their words, they set out to explore “…PTSD, the effects it has on veterans, and how veterans can receive help from this mental illness. It is very important to understand the severity of this undermined illness because without knowing about the organizations that help these veterans, the specific treatments these organizations use, and what we can do as a community to help, we are letting our country’s veterans down.”  Their inquiry was inspired by their readings of All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac, and Ghosts of War by Ryan Smithson.


Teagan, who is a gifted photographer, decided to create her own original images to depict some of the key ideas and findings from their research and integrate them into the multigenre digital text.  I was so struck by the artistry of her work that this fall, I asked her if she would consider letting the library create prints of her work and have a research inspired art gallery.  She graciously gave me permission and used excerpts of her research to create informational placards for each print.  After we mounted the prints and placards on art easels, we arranged Teagan’s artwork in the sequence she outlined for us so that viewers could follow the narrative of her artistic creations.  Students and teachers alike have been impressed not only with her moving and striking photography, but they have also been pleasantly surprised to learn that it was sparked by the information she discovered in her research and that the gallery is an alternative representation of those findings.  Not only did Teagan photograph and process the photographs, but she and her father both served as models for the prints.


The research inspired art gallery has not only helped others learn about PTSD and its impact on veterans, but it has also nudged people to see research as something more than an assignment and that it is a mode of learning that can far beyond a class assignment.  I am hopeful that future galleries featuring inquiry inspired creative works will be commonplace and can incorporate additional participatory mediums for interacting with the gallery with a feature like panels coated in IdeaPaint where people can respond to the art and ideas. On behalf of the library and our learning community, I would like to thank Teagan for generously sharing her talent and wisdom with us.

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Drumroll, Please: YALSA Teens’ Top 10 Winners!

We are delighted to share that YALSA has announced the results of the voting for the 2012 Teens’ Top 10 awards!  Congratulations to all the winners below—and be sure to read the YALSA Hub for features and profiles of all the winners!  Learn more about the Teens’ Top Ten Award by clicking  here.

2012 Teens’ Top Ten

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth (HarperCollins)
  2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Penguin)
  3. Legend by Marie Lu (Penguin)
  4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books)
  5. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen (Penguin)
  6. Across the Universe by Beth Revis (Penguin)
  7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Macmillan)
  8. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic)
  9. Where She Went by Gayle Forman (Penguin)
  10. Abandon by Meg Cabot (Scholastic)
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College Bound Juniors and Seniors: New AP, ACT, SAT, and College Essay Prep Materials

We’ve just received a new shipment of SAT Prep, ACT Prep, AP test, and college essay writing materials updated for 2012-2013!  Check out the photoshow below of our new test and college application prep materials–they are new and ready for you to use.

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Titlewish is LIVE: Help The Unquiet Library Purchase Student Selected Titles!

Help us meet our goal of $500!  You can make a direct donation to our Titlewave account in any amount of your choice.  All books that we purchase will be student selected titles!  Our donation site is now live and ready for your contribution!

FAQs About Titlewish

How will the money be used?

100% of the funds donated will be used to purchase high quality, shelf-ready books and other media center materials.

Are donations tax-deductible?

Your donation benefits Creekview High School and may be tax-deductible; see your tax advisor.

Can I donate books?

Unfortunately, no. We are unable to accept book donations for the media center. Our books are specially bound and labeled according to our library-specific standards.

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