Speed Dating with Books: New & Improved Last November, I wrote about one of my favorite library collaborations: Speed Dating with Nonfiction Books. A few weeks ago, it was time for this year’s 11th-grade ELA students to participate. Taking what I learned from the past two speed dating iterations, I tweaked the lesson slightly. After another day of watching students immersed in books, I am hopeful that I created an improved activity that sparked the interest of students and motivated them to view reading as an enjoyable pastime. A quick recap of the lesson: After asking the students an introductory question, I give brief book talks of 10 nonfiction titles, while displaying the book covers and the first sentences on the Smart Board.
Reading Across a Dozen Literacies This article will define each literacy while giving examples of "reading" within each category. It takes special skills to read a swamp or a beach or a desert area. These skills also differ from region to region as the flora and fauna shift. Most of us have heard of swimmers caught in rip tides because they did not know how to read the signs or of visitors enjoying tidal flats suddenly swept up in an incoming tide much larger than anything they knew back home. Artistic Literacy Anyone can look at a painting, a photograph or a movie. Reviewer of books, multimedia, and technology for children and teens Take the Plunge: STREAM By SLJ on October 8, 2017 Leave a Comment Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, 3PM-4PM ET / 12PM-1PM PT Add an “R,” Reading, to STEAM and ramp up student learning. In this free session, you’ll glean insight from STREAM practitioners and tips on integrating science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, and math.Register Now!
AISLE - Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers' Choice Award The Lincoln Award is given to the book from that year's master list that earns the highest number of student votes. For a book to reach the master list, adult and young adult fiction and nonfiction titles must be nominated by teachers or librarians and vetted by the nominations committee. While the popularity of a particular title is important, the overall quality of the work is of primary importance. Each year, a panel of high school librarians, teachers, public librarians and students determines the final master list of twenty titles. 5 Of The Best Children's Books About Disabilities And Inclusion Did you know that more than 12% of the U.S. population has a disability? While its not always easy to explain disability to children, books have a way of illustrating what really matters, and bringing it to their level. They’re also a great way to start conversations about disability, inclusion, and advocacy. Here are some books to start those conversations, whether your child is a toddler or reading middle grade. Meet ClaraBelle Blue (The ClaraBelle Series #1) by Adiba Nelson, Elvira Morando, and Ilene Serna Written by a mom of a child with cerebral palsy, this super cute picture book shows kids that even if you have different abilities, that doesn’t mean you’re “different.”
Collaborative Computing vs One to One This is a guest post from Tracy Dabbs, Coordinator of Technology and Innovation for the Burlington-Edison School District. I have been supporting Ed-Tech in classrooms for nearly 15 years and during this time we have all experienced some big changes in tools and ideas. There is always some new learning design that promises to transform education and be THE solution to reach all students. One trend that seems to keep surfacing is the idea of one to one computing. What do we see in these learning spaces? We see individual students with faces in screens for extended periods of time. Harry Potter banned: Nashville Catholic school bans "Harry Potter" book series, citing risk of "conjuring evil spirits" A Catholic school in Nashville, Tennessee has banned the "Harry Potter" series because a reverend at the school claims the books include both good and evil magic, as well as spells, which, if read by a human can conjure "evil spirits," according to the Tennessean. The publication obtained an email from Rev. Dan Reehil, a pastor at Saint Edwards Catholic School parish, which was sent to parents. In the email, Reehil explains in the email that he has consulted several exorcists in the U.S. and Rome, and it was recommended that the school remove the books, the Tennessean reports.
School Library Collection Development Resources for School Librarians - Index "It does not matter how many books you may have, but whether they are good or not." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca (3 B.C.-65 A.D.), Epistolae Morale Collection Development in General - Web Sites Information Access and Delivery - A guide for policy writing and collection maintenance by the Purdue University School of Library and Information Science. School Library Journal When I started my Read Woke Challenge at Meadowcreek High in Norcross, GA, I never imagined it would have such an impact. It began when I asked my students to read books that met certain criteria, including giving voice to the voiceless and challenging social norms. Those who read four titles could win a “Read Woke” T-shirt or a book, post photos on our Instagram account, and review titles. A year and a half later, librarians around the world are ambassadors of this idea, sharing displays and stories.
The School Library Media Specialist: Information Access & Delivery The teacher librarian sustains a healthy collection through an effective maintenance program. I hate to throw things away. How do I know when something should be pitched? There's a really old video on first aid that the fifth grade teacher is still using. It's inaccurate in some sections.