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A Vision of K-12 Students Today

A Vision of K-12 Students Today

Why You Need Your School Librarian Kentucky Teacher Posted on 12 July 2012. Tags: Kentucky Teacher of the Year Kimberly Shearer Think about the “Like” button on Facebook. Now, think about the Common Core Standards. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of creativity and know-how to generate such connections for our students. Students must be able to evaluate information. We’ve all been working hard this past year to implement the Common Core Standards in our classrooms, but it is important to remember we don’t have to go it alone. Kimberly Shearer, an English teacher at Boone County High School, was named the 2012 Teacher of the Year on Oct. 18, 2011.

What’s So Great about School Libraries? by Deborah Robins and Susan Stephenson, To those in the know, a school library is a vital resource for students. As author, Jackie French, says: Yet some still have questions, and others haven’t taken time to think about it. “If students have Google, why do they need a school library?” “Our school doesn’t have a library any more, and my kid gets by.” “A school library - just some place with books where you need to be quiet, right?” I asked teacher librarian, Deb Robins, passionate advocate for school libraries, to help us understand what a really great school library would look like. Today, October 16, is an important time to think about school libraries because tonight at 7.00 pm AEDT is the launch of the Students Need School Libraries Campaign. This worthwhile campaign's mission is: ... to ensure student access to high quality school library services.

Three (Cheap) Ways to Market Your School Library Marketing can be tough in any library, but in a school library, where we are often solo librarians, it can be particularly difficult to fit it in. Here are three easy and cheap ways to market your school library and let everyone know about the fantastic things you’re doing! Table tents A table tent is an easy and inexpensive way to let students know what's going on at their library. People come in and out of a school library all day long, whether for classes, events or some study time, but posters on doors and walls can get lost in the noise. A table tent puts your ads right in front of them at the table where they sit. I use Google slides to easily create images that are the right size to fit on a half sheet, and download them as an image. Newsletters When people think about creating email newsletters, they think they need tons of information to fill it up. You can send out a newsletter as often as you like — weekly, biweekly, monthly, quarterly. Here are some ideas of things to include.

Why Reading Aloud to Kids Is Important... I once worked for an administrator that said to me, “reading aloud to kids and self-selected reading is a complete waste of time!” He wanted me to abandon a read-aloud project with some middle school ELA teachers and focus on an online diagnostic reading program instead. I know what you are thinking. Just the other day this memory resurfaced. I wish at the time my administrator confronted me that I had been armed with an elevator speech that would have supported my read-aloud project with middle school students. Why should we read aloud to students? Reading aloud is the foundation for literacy development. Interested in promoting some reading aloud to students in your school? Feeling a little more ambitious? One School, One Book: Read to Them is a 501C(3) non-profit organization promoting family literacy. If you have more ideas about reading aloud with students, please share you comments below. Author: Sedley Abercrombie Like this: Like Loading...

The Value of School Librarians Library advocates across the US are fighting to prove that every student is better off with a trained librarian in their school, but budget cuts are threatening school librarian positions across most of the country. Several states in the Southeast are facing a different crisis, however—a shortage of qualified school librarians to fill empty positions. The University of South Carolina (USC) School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) launched the Library Scholar Program in January 2018 to help combat this problem, partnering with local school districts to educate and develop existing school employees, such as teachers and staff members, into school librarians. The SLIS director and communications coordinator describe their experience and plans for the program below. South Carolina requires every public school to have at least one school librarian with an MLIS degree. Miriam Hood-Riley, a student with the Charleston County cohort, teaches 3rd grade at A.

St. Patrick’s Day Posters - Alexandria Library Automation Software History of St. Patrick’s Day St. Patrick, born in Roman Britain during the late 4th century, is a patron saint of Ireland. He was kidnapped and enslaved in Ireland at the age of 16. St. It was emigrants in the United States who transformed the holiday into a massive celebration of all things Irish. Want more facts about St.