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Libraries, research & IL. The World's Largest Library Catalog. Welcome to the Caldecott Medal Home Page! The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Masterful ink and watercolor illustrations illuminate the story of a lighthouse and the family inside. Stunning images of the lighthouse in all kinds of weather alternate with views of intimate interior detail and circular motifs. Blackall’s skill with composition, line and close attention to detail have created an exquisite book. “Children will delight in immersing themselves in the captivating discoveries each new look at Hello Lighthouse will bring,” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Mary Fellows. Thank you, Omu! Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine.

Libraries’ tech pipeline problem. “We’ve got a pipeline problem, so let’s build a better pipeline.” –Bess Sadler, Code4Lib 2014 Conference (the link goes to the video) I’ve been thinking hard (for two years, judging by the draft date on this post) about how to grow as a programmer, when one is also a librarian. I’m talking not so much about teaching/learning the basics of coding, which is something a lot of people are working really hard on, but more about getting from “OK, I finished yet another Python/Rails/JavaScript/whatever workshop” or “OK, I’ve been through all of Code Academy/edX/whatever”—or from where I am, “OK, I can Do Interesting Things™ with code, but there are huge gaps in my tech knowledge and vocabulary”—to the point where one could get a full-time librarian-coder position.

I should add, right here: I’m no longer trying to get a librarian-coder position*. Bess is right: libraries need 1) more developers and 2) more diversity among them. Building technical skills among librarians And, sure, yeah. The Next Librarian of Congress — The Message. We don’t expect all this to happen, so we should mention what we would settle for. I’d personally like a Librarian of Congress who I felt was committed to the idea of service — service to the American people via the mechanism of the best library on earth.

Some of this is about being a good diplomat, a good delegator or a good decision-maker, but some of it is just about creating and continuing the library’s conversation with the public. The way we talk about our culture and our library culture matters a great deal. I was a “credentialed blogger” at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. I had a library blog that sometimes talked about politics. I was most concerned about how library issues — the USA PATRIOT Act was on a lot of people’s minds — would be represented on a national stage. At the event, we got advanced copies of all the major speeches. Only two speeches mentioned libraries at all. The Power of Letterforms: Handwritten, Printed, Cut or Carved, How They Affect Us All, Sassoon.

What's the Point of Handwriting? What learning cursive really taught me. Since the US Department of Education dropped cursive writing from the standard national curricula in 2011, the debate on the value of learning penmanship has raged. Some argue that the skill is obsolete, akin to learning how to use an abacus in the age of supercomputers. “[The] time kids spend learning to write curvy, connected words, is time kids could be spending learning the basics of programming and any number of other technology skills they’ll need in our increasingly connected world,” wrote blogger and podcast host Justin Pot in a spirited editorial rejecting the utility of such “anachronistic skill.”

But for me, holding a Bic ballpoint pen—that anachronistic tool—always takes me back to third grade penmanship class. Then, the cheap disposable pen was a trophy of achievement, and the day I upgraded from pencil to pen is as memorable as any graduation day. Rhythm, form, slant, space. Perfect penmanship was expected in all our classes. Daily Writing Prompts. As always, The Teacher's Corner is looking for ways to make your life easier. We hope that our newest addition, “Daily Writing Prompts,” does just that. On as many days as possible, we have selected an event from our monthly event calendars to be the focus of the writing prompt.

These writing prompts can be used in a number of ways: Daily warm-up activity Practice in prompt writing for state assessments Daily/weekly writing prompt “Anytime” activity Student work center “When You’re Done” activity Substitute teacher activity One added advantage to TTC’s “Daily Writing Prompt” is that they can easily be displayed through an LCD projector in your classroom. You will find that our prompts are written for different grade levels. One of the Writer's Digest "101 Best Websites for Writers" (2008 & 2011) January Writing Prompts - Writing Prompts include: author J.R.R.

March Writing Prompts - Writing Prompts include: Yellowstone National Park, Mardi Gras, Harriet Tubman Day, St. Writing Forward | Creative Writing Tips and Ideas. Teaching Resources. Flipped Classroom info. - An Open Marketplace for Original Lesson Plans and Other Teaching Resources. Hala on Pinterest | Blooms Taxonomy, Dyslexia and Autism. Teacher Discounts. Making Your Thinking Visible With Graphic Organizers - The Classroom Key. Freebie! One of the keys to teaching reading comprehension is showing kids how proficient readers think about text. Teachers have to find a way to make their thinking visible. One way is with graphic organizers.

Here is a free set: The first one is filled in with the steps for growing seeds. This one gives kids a familiar example of sequence. It also shows common signal words that they might find in text to indicate that a sequence is happening. The second graphic organizer has the same format but it’s blank. Grab your set for FREE here: Strategies to Cover So what reading comprehension strategies do kids need to know, anyway? Click on the picture to download a copy for FREE: We teach kids to find the main idea, and to summarize, and to look for story elements in fiction, and then do the same things with nonfiction text which is a related but different process, not to mention just determining the difference between fiction and nonfiction…holy cow!

“Oh yeah, the topic is birds.” Related. Boundless - Cloud Powered Education. Stormboard - Online Brainstorming and Planning. Add a sticky note and post it online with dot voting. 6 Websites or Apps You Need to See Before School Starts. The arrival of August can shift our thoughts back to the classroom. But before you head back to your students this fall, take some time to check out these websites that can make your teaching experience easier and help you engage students in new ways. 1.

BAM! The BAM Radio Network founded in 2007, remains a growing, timely, and practical resource for teachers, parents, leaders, and others. Their website is full of great material and has links to their blog, a massive podcast library, and all of the nearly 50 radio channels they offer for educators covering topics like ed tech, school culture, blended learning, and so much more. Whatever your interest is, they probably have a channel for it. 2. 3. 4.

If you missed it last year, Sean Junkin’s Periodic Table of iPad Apps is more than a funky play on the original Periodic Table—it’s full of app ideas for teachers sorted by use, topic, and audience that is practical as well as pretty. 5. 6. We welcome your comments and suggestions. Geenio — Knowledge at your fingertips. Tizmos for Teachers | The Easiest Way for Teachers to Share Online Resources. Georgia Is Segregating Troublesome Kids in Schools Used During Jim Crow - Pacific Standard. Georgia has been illegally and unnecessarily segregating thousands of students with behavioral issues and disabilities, isolating them in run-down facilities and providing them with subpar education, according to an investigation by the United States Department of Justice. Some of the students in the program were schooled in the same inferior buildings that served black children in the days of Jim Crow.

The investigation found that many of the buildings lack gyms, cafeterias, libraries, labs, playgrounds, and other amenities. "It's a warehouse for kids the school system doesn't want or know how to deal with," a parent told the Justice Department of the program. The Justice Department detailed its findings in a letter earlier this month to Georgia's governor and attorney general. Federal law mandates that schools educate students with disabilities in the "least restrictive environment" in which they can learn and thrive. This isn't the first time that the GNETS has drawn scrutiny.

The Problem We All Live With. “What’s ‘Colorism’?” Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer When I began teaching in Boston, I was struck by how often students of color referred to each other as “light-skinned” or “dark-skinned.” Almost daily, I witnessed high school students identify, categorize and stereotype their peers based on skin tone. Having grown up African American in Louisiana, I was used to white people’s ideas of white superiority and even those “colorstruck” black people who preferred lighter skin. But I did not expect that so many young people of diverse ethnicities—including Dominicans, Puerto Ricans and Cape Verdeans—would actively engage in everyday forms of skin-color bias. As one teacher in one classroom, what was I to do? Any response to this question is complicated due to the deep legacy and influence of skin-color preference in the United States and in other parts of the world.

It makes sense that teenagers—who are working out their own identities on a day-to-day basis—also engage in color-conscious discourse. Texas, Textbooks and Truth. It seems at least once a month we read a news story about dubious education practices that spawn national outrage. This week’s news featured pages from a geography textbook that identified Africans forced into the horrific transatlantic slave trade as “workers” and “immigrants.” Here’s the story: 15-year-old Coby Burren took a picture of a fishy page from the textbook and sent it to his mother, a former teacher and current Ph.D. student, with a text message: “[W]e was real hard workers, wasn’t we ☹.” Roni Dean-Burren, his social media-savvy mom, made a video of herself flipping through offending pages, and it went viral. Before talking about all that is wrong here, I’d like to point out two aspects of this story that should hearten us all. First, it shows that speaking up sometimes can effect change.

You don’t have to storm the barricades. As the Dalai Lama is reputed to have said, “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” Rewriting History—for the Better. Illustration by Julie Flett It was pure coincidence that, during a recent trip to Northern California’s wine country, Kevin Gover, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., stumbled upon a perfect illustration of what’s wrong with history instruction in the United States. He and his wife were visiting an original Spanish mission at the same time as a group of fourth-graders. Gover watched as teachers and chaperones dressed as Franciscan friars led the children, who were dressed as Indians, through a series of quaint activities. “They were making candles. They were spinning wool, weaving baskets.

The message of the day that a kid would come away with is, ‘Wow, it was fun to be an Indian at the mission,’” Gover says. This kind of Eurocentric approach to American history will come as no surprise to many educators who work from scripted U.S. history curricula. And that’s assuming the issue is on educators’ radars at all. The surprising things Seattle teachers won for students by striking. Striking Seattle School District teachers and other educators walk a picket line Sept. 10 near Franklin High School in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren/AP) Seattle teachers went on strike for a week this month with a list of goals for a new contract.

By the time the strike officially ended this week, teachers had won some of the usual stuff of contract negotiations — for example, the first cost-of-living raises in six years — but also less standard objectives. For one thing, teachers demanded, and won, guaranteed daily recess for all elementary school students — 30 minutes each day. What’s more, the union and school officials agreed to create committees at 30 schools to look at equity issues, including disciplinary measures that disproportionately affect minorities. Other wins for students in Seattle’s nearly 100 traditional public schools include: Special education teachers will have fewer students to work with at a time. Schools around the world. Rookie. 25 Fun First Day of School Traditions. By Becca I can’t believe how fast the summer is flying by! Before you know it will be time for Back to School again.

To help you celebrate the first day of school and make it extra special for your kids, we found… 25 FUN First Day of School Traditions! The first day of school can be a scary (and sometimes dreaded) day for some kids. The anxiety of new teachers, new classmates, and maybe even a new school can be a lot for a little kid to deal with.

By incorporating some of these fun back to school traditions, you can help ease those first-day-of-school jitters, make some fabulous memories, AND get the school year off to a great start! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 24. 25. For even MORE fun ideas and printables, head on over to Angie’s 30 Ways to Celebrate Back to School AND don’t forget to check out our “Back to School Ideas” Pinterest Board! You Might Also Like These Related Articles. PD Café. PD Café offers professional development activities to complete alone or with colleagues. Illustration by Nate Williams Who’s in My Classroom?

2014–15 was the first school year during which no single racial or ethnic group made up a majority of the student body in our nation’s public schools. Reflect and Research Begin with yourself. Write down six words or phrases that define your identity. How did you choose the original words or phrases for your list? Follow up your reflection by trying this activity with colleagues. Think about your students. Speak a language other than English at home? Some of this information may be available via school records or data-gathering systems.

Create a community action board. Encourage students to post articles, illustrations, comics, poems or quotations that capture what’s happening in their homes and neighborhoods. Choosing from the issues that emerge on the Community Action Board, adopt an issue facing your local community. Audit your classroom. Bright. Even Teachers Make Mistakes: How to Bounce Back from Blunders. By Patrick Kelley, author of Teaching Smarter Had a bad day? Sometimes it’s your fault, sometimes it’s not. Either way, the next day in the classroom matters! Maybe you lost your cool and argued with a student. Maybe you showed up late or were obviously underprepared for a lesson. Without glorifying our mistakes, it is important to know that, if handled properly, those mistakes can endear us to our students. It’s what we do next that matters. 1. 2. 3. Do you have that day-saving lesson plan?

We all make mistakes. How do you and your students bounce back from blunders in the classroom? Patrick Kelley, M.A., has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from California State University San Bernardino and a bachelor’s degree in history from Castleton State College in Vermont. Patrick is the author of Teaching Smarter: An Unconventional Guide to Boosting Student Success. We welcome your comments and suggestions. . © 2015 by Free Spirit Publishing. Like this: Like Loading... 11 Easy Classroom Warm-Ups and Icebreakers. Curing My Classroom Jitters — Bright. 5 Tips for Engaging Parents at the Start of the School Year. Helping Your Child Adjust to All-Day Kindergarten. Good Work in Education. Take This Non-Expert Advice. 11 Stress Management Tips for Kids. Supporting Students with ADHD. Creating Community in the Classroom.

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