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Pursuing excellence for library service to children

Pursuing excellence for library service to children
Here is a story, told in pictures, of five things I wasn’t prepared for before I became a storytime librarian: [Making finger puppets after a day at ALA Midwinter. Image courtesy of the author; originally posted on Instagram.] 1. That I would chose to spend so much of my free time doing things I love that happen to relate to work. First of all, this is 100% my choice to spend my time researching beginning readers and making flannelboards. Working with felt and sewing finger puppets have become my favorite way to relax. [Me, dressed as Princess Anna from Frozen. 2. Do you need a musical instrument? How about a Frozen costume? [Storytime scarves in the washer! 3. My weekly routine involves taking our scarves home to wash after every use. My daily routine involves washing shaker eggs and wiping down board book pages. [Ukulele & accessories. 4. The great thing about storytime is that there are always new books and songs and rhymes to explore. [A thank-you note from a patron. 5.

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Daring Greatly: Lessons from Cadillac As I read the description of the new KQ website as “a vehicle for school librarians to transform learning,” the word vehicle called to mind Cadillac’s new slogan: “Dare Greatly,” taken from a Teddy Roosevelt speech and designed as part of a marketing ploy to get people to reevaluate the Cadillac brand. You may have noticed these evocative ads that celebrate underdogs who succeeded. Cadillac CMO Elllinghaus, in an interview, explained that even though Cadillac was producing the best quality vehicles ever, U.S. sales had not responded ‘because the brand … [had] lapsed into an indistinct identity’ that hadn’t been able to seduce buyers from more traditional, ‘safe’ choices in rival brands (“Cadillac reveals”, 2015).

Google Web - A Scholar's Guide to Google Advanced SearchingTips on conducting advanced web searches using Google, including using operators not readily available from the Advanced Search Page. Google users can conduct advanced searches in two ways: 1. By using the search engine's dedicated Advanced Search page 2. By integrating Advanced Search Operators into their search. Advanced Search Page

Blog - Will Richardson Over the years, we’ve heard a lot of predictions about what the future of work holds for all of us, not just our kids. It’s interesting now to see some of those predictions actually playing out. Case in point is this post in the Harvard Business Review that summarizes the Herculean change initiative now underway at AT&T. It’s a fascinating read on it’s own, but it’s even more interesting when you start to align some of the findings to the work of schools. YALSA Book and Media Awards and Lists for Libraries Awards I Selected Lists I Reads 4 Teens I Teen Book Finder app While these books and media have been selected for teens from 12 to 18 years of age, the award-winning titles and the titles on YALSA's selected lists span a broad range of reading and maturity levels. We encourage adults to take an active role in helping individual teens choose those books that are the best fit for them and their families. For recommended media, such as apps, visit the YALSAblog and ALA TechSource. Also, check out AASL's Best Websites for Teaching and Learning.

You Want Me to Work With Who? Tips to Collaborate with Any Teacher Buzzwords. We all hear them. We all roll our eyes at them. Products Worth more than I paid! "I am so glad I found the Elementary Librarian lesson plans! The fact that these plans were easy to use and were aligned to both the AASL and Common Core ELA standards made them worth far more that what I paid for them!" - Mikki

iLearn Technology The first question that I get asked when people find out that I’ve started a school: what makes Anastasis Academy different? And this is a tricky one to answer, because the truth is EVERYTHING makes us different. It’s hard to describe something that no one has seen before, so you begin to relate it with ideas and concepts that people are familiar with. The more I’ve talked about Anastasis, the more I’ve begun to really recognize what it is at the heart that makes us so different. The Brown-Bag Teacher: Finding Nonfiction Articles for Middle Grades Happy Sunday, friends! Today is the 2nd Bright Ideas Blog Hop with a collection of 200 fantastic, product-free blog posts full of ideas/resources that can quickly put into action in your classroom! Today I am sharing with you one of my great frustrations about 5th grade...the lack of resources. We are a curriculum-free school for reading and writing, so in August I walked into a resource-empty classroom. It has taken me months to find my 'go-to' websites, apps, and databases that are rigorous enough (i.e. long enough, with a 800-1000 Lexile Level) and interesting for my students. Without further ado, here are my 3 favorite websites for finding nonfiction articles that are (1) appropriate (2) rigorous and (3) interesting.

8 Awesome Ways Libraries Are Making Learning Fun  In my line of work, I get to meet a lot of librarians. Our company works with public libraries to promote early literacy and boost family engagement. That means we partner with people constantly coming up with new ways to make reading--and learning in general--more fun. What is Assistive Technology What is Assistive Technology?A Basic Guide for Individuals with Disabilities and Their FamiliesThird edition, ©2004By Sharon Hauss, Family Support Specialist Preface As a parent of a child with severe physical challenges, I would like to encourage individuals with disabilities and their families to never give up.

Sears List of Subject Headings - Frequently Asked Questions Sears List of Subject Headings - Frequently Asked Questions Click the link below for the answer to the question. What is the Sears List of Subject Headings?The Sears List of Subject Headings is a thesaurus-like database delivering a core list of headings, together with patterns and examples to guide the cataloger in creating further headings as needed. Since the first edition in 1923, the Sears List has served the unique needs of small and medium sized libraries, suggesting headings appropriate for use in their catalogs and providing patterns and instructions for adding new headings as they are required. The successive editors of the List have faced the need to accommodate change while maintaining a sound continuity.

The ALSC blog contains many book reviews for children's literature as well as other resources for school librarians. by kl03645 Sep 11