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Library crafts and activities | Little Free Library DIY Little Free Library (Adorable AND Affordable!) Every day we see cute, thoughtful Little Library designs that didn’t break the bank and required little-to-no assembly. Take Little Free Library steward Iliana Morton, for example. Her Library is a transformed IKEA metal cabinet cube that cost her $25, and the result is a bright, cute, cost-effective Library! How to Create a Little Free Library “Sandwich” Sign Julie Bush has made more than a few beautiful, eye-catching “sandwich” signs to promote Little Libraries in her town of Lafayette, Louisiana. 39 Wildly Creative Little Free Library Designs We’ve hand-picked 39 of the most whimsical, rustic, innovative, and generally amazing Little Libraries that we’ve seen lately and put them into one handy slideshow for your viewing pleasure. Evan’s Helpful Hints: Protecting and Advertising your Library Keeping It Interesting: Movie Tie-In Week 4 Incredibly Cool Ways to Spread the Joy of Reading This Holiday Season Steward’s Treasure Chest

21st Century Literacies: Tools for Reading the World In Intelligence Reframed Howard Gardner contends that "literacies, skills, and disciplines ought to be pursued as tools that allow us to enhance our understanding of important questions, topics, and themes." Today's readers become literate by learning to read the words and symbols in today's world and its antecedents. They analyze, compare, evaluate and interpret multiple representations from a variety of disciplines and subjects, including texts, photographs, artwork, and data. They learn to choose and modify their own communication based on the rhetorical situation. Point of view is created by the reader, the audience and the medium. Basic Language Literacy Visual Literacy Spatial Literacy Three Information Literacy Questions to Ask About a Map: Handout Historical Literacy Cultural Literacy Information Literacy Political Literacy and News Media Literacy Scientific Literacy Mathematical Literacy

How to Develop Positive Classroom Management A recent report found that educators believe that the secret to effective discipline is proactively building relationships, not reacting punitively to student misbehavior. In surveys with 300 New York City public school teachers that included an open-ended question about the largest threat to school safety, the most common response was a lack of cohesive culture and positive relationships between staff and students. (Download a PDF of the report, "Teachers Talk: School Culture, Safety and Human Rights.") Additional key findings highlighted teachers' belief in positive approaches that emphasize social and emotional learning over punitive discipline: But how do busy and often undersupported teachers go about building strong relationships with students and developing positive methods of conflict resolution? As with any series of principles for a complex topic, though, this is only a starting point. So now we want to hear from you. Here are some tips for starters: Maintain Student Dignity

Lunanshee's Lunacy All Aboard!: Implementing Common Core offers school librarians an opportunity to take the lead. By Rebecca Hill, 3/30/2012 OK, so school librarians weren’t invited to the party. When members of the National Educational Association, the National Council for Teachers of English, the International Reading Association, and the American Federation of Teachers met in 2010 to draft new benchmarks for language arts and literacy for our nation’s K–12 schools—the Common Core Curriculum State Standards (www.corestandards.org)—there weren’t any media specialists at the table. Even though school librarians have been longtime champions of information literacy, reading, and critical thinking—all prime pieces of Common Core—we weren’t asked for our input. And two years later, things still aren’t looking up for many of us. As a growing number of states and large school systems, including those in New York City, Boston, Cleveland, and Philadelphia, grapple with plans to implement the ambitious new standards, school librarians still aren’t consistently invited to pull up a chair. It’s a worthy goal.

Classroom Management for Librarians - Library Learners Share on Facebook39 shares on Facebook Share on StumbleUpon0 shares on StumbleUpon Hi friends! Today we have a guest post from Stephanie Vukovich. She’s an elementary library media specialist in Ohio. Stephanie says: “Last spring I accepted an offer for my dream job- I was going to be a Library Media Specialist in an amazing elementary school. One librarian in particular seemed to have the perfect library. That was truly a light bulb moment. Enter Michael Linsin’s book titled Classroom Management for Art, Music, and PE Teachers. Bulletin Board for Classroom Management Points I set up a bulletin board near the library doors and posted all five points. Implementing the point system went so much better than I had ever dreamed. Point Tally At the end of library, I go over their point tally after each class while they are standing in line waiting to leave. Handling rewards is super easy with this system! Thank you so much for sharing, Stephanie!

White Paper on Educational Technology in Schools Download as a PDF Introduction When used appropriately, educational technology is a tool to assist with implementation of the Common Core Standards, help raise graduation rates, and prepare students for life beyond K-12 education. Technology employed in isolation, without direct instruction, or highly qualified guidance, fails to address these concerns. It is the intent of this AASL white paper to provide a review of technology-related topics that can contribute to success and might serve to generate interest in further research on filtering practices, Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs), apps, social media, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), and related subjects. Filtering Practices The Children’s Internet Protection Act or CIPA (Pub. Filtering practices and compliance with CIPA requires students and their parents sign AUPs. Acceptable Use Policies/Responsible Use Policies Apps The proliferation of apps for education offers a variety of resources, especially for mobile technologies. Social Media

fldoe Katrina G. Figgett Director of School Libraries and Information Services 325 West Gaines Street, Suite 424 Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400 About the Office of Library Media Services and Instructional Technology The mission of the Office of Library Media Services is to support district library media supervisors and other stakeholders; ensuring that school librarians create and maintain quality library programs that foster the love of reading and the effective use of ideas and information by both students and faculty. This mission is accomplished by building programs that: provide intellectual and physical access to materials in a variety of formats provide instruction to advance competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing and using information and ideas involve other educators in designing learning strategies that meet the needs of individual students Instructional Support and Resources Professional Groups School Library Award Program Library Science Degrees

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