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Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children's books. According to the Notables Criteria, "notable" is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children's books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children's interests in exemplary ways. According to ALSC policy, the current year's Newbery, Caldecott, Belpré, Sibert, Geisel, and Batchelder Award and Honor books automatically are added to the Notable Children's Books list. Younger Readers Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer. This engaging biography introduces nineteenth-century scientist Ada Lovelace, who developed the first algorithm used by the world’s early computers. Counting. Related:  Library

Guided Inquiry Design: The Put-It-All-Together Chart Previous GID posts: #1, #2 As part of our decision-making process for choosing Guided Inquiry (GI), the three librarians (ES, MS, HS) scheduled weekly meetings to read/discuss both of the Guided Inquiry Design books. (If you can only buy one, definitely get the Framework one. Aside from nuts and bolts of the process, much of our discussion focused around how the model fit with IB philosophy, the Learner Profile, and our individual sections. A big part of GI is research centered on student interests. Once we'd finished reading/discussing, we felt we still needed a deeper understanding, so we broke up the various steps, and each of us gave a presentation summarizing how it all fit together.

Social Emotional Learning / Welcome About SEL Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a process through which children and adults develop the fundamental skills for life effectiveness. These are the skills we all need to handle ourselves, our relationships, and our work effectively and ethically. Everyone strengthens their social competencies to connect across race, class, culture, language, gender identity, sexual orientation, learning needs and age. SEL Core Competencies (OUSD SEL Standards) There are five core SEL competencies that can be taught in many ways across many settings. Self-Awareness - The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. Self-Management - The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself.

Six Back-to-School Goals for Teacher Librarians | Tech Tidbits Librarians can jump-start the school year by setting some essential goals. Here, teacher librarian Phil Goerner tackles his top six objectives and lays out a plan for achieving these goals, which range from creating new maker space projects to engaging teachers in professional development. Collaborate with teachers I think this is one of the most important parts of our jobs. I know it always takes a while to build momentum in the fall and get into classrooms. One of the best ways for me to get started is to stay organized. I’m working on “sneaking” into as many classrooms as I can to line up team teaching jobs, demonstrate a tech tool, or just to promote the library resources. Promote the library Letting teachers and students know about the library resources is vital in the fall. Take a lead on professional development Wow! Meet with clubs For our book club, student leaders and I help all members create Goodreads accounts to share their reading. Engage in making Celebrate “freadom”

Top 10 Reasons to Participate in March Book Madness by Tony Keefer Happy Valentine’s Day Nerdy Nation! When I was awarded the Valentine’s Day post here at Nerdy, I instantly began building a list of my all time favorite kissy books. When I was awarded the Valentine’s Day post here at Nerdy I started thinking about love and books, books and love. And since nothing says love for books like arguing over good books, I, along with some of my friends, am inviting you to participate in March Book Madness. Over the past few years my class has thoroughly enjoyed every triumphant and heart-breaking moment of seeing our favorite books slotted into a tournament bracket. During a #titletalk a few months ago, one little tweet about the idea of March Book Madness lead to small group of Nerdy Book Clubbers (Franki Sibberson, Scott Jones, Erin Varley, Kristin Ziemke, Katharine Hale, Katie Muhtaris, Katherine Sokolowski and myself) wondered “What if we could create a web-based March Book Madness that would connect classrooms from all around the country?” Like this:

School libraries and learning – the research Academics, library associations, government agencies and others around the world are publishing very interesting and useful research about school libraries, learning and pedagogical models. Research also shows the the significant difference effective libraries can make to student learning outcomes. Contents Effective school library programmesNew Zealand research - school libraries and learningInternational research - school libraries and learningEducational trends and research into learning Effective school library programmes Several common, contributing factors to student learning and achievement occur in effective school library programmes: flexible schedulingeffective collaboration between library staff and teachersappropriate library staffing levels and opening hoursan up-to-date library collectionaccess via library ICT to online resourcesbeing well fundedbeing a well-used library. Key activities contributing to effective library programmes include: Read Evidence and Learning Outcomes

How'd You Do That? Creating & Sharing Digital Flyers, Posters & Infographics. It's been almost 8 years since I created my first digital flyer for this site. Ever since, every time I post one, I get questions about how it was created. Over the years, the tools I've used to translate the thoughts swirling around in my head into a visual have changed, but some things haven't. Since I'm not a graphic designer, and have no training in this area, I've always landed on tools that were easy to use and free (or very cheap). Everything I've learned about these tools over the years has been gleaned through trial and error. For every success I choose to share, there were many failures that preceded it. That said, the very first digital flyer I ever made was inspired by the work of Carl Harvey. Eventually, I graduated from MS Word (sorry Bill!) These days, I use Canva almost exclusively as my creation tool of choice. Finally, let me just say that I've never, ever endorsed a product on this blog in exchange for any kind of compensation - and I never will.

10MT | The 10-Minute Teacher Show | The 5-day a week podcast for remarkable but very busy teachers. by Vicki Davis: Teacher, Blogger, Edtech Experimenter Using a Project Wall to Support Gold Standard Project Based Teaching | Blog Moving from good to great Project Based Learning involves being aware of the specific, intentional “teacher moves” you make that drive student inquiry, engagement, and excitement for learning. One “move” I made that enhanced my PBL teaching was developing the classroom project wall into an active teaching tool, rather than a bulletin board. The project wall is the visual space in the classroom that helps manage information, project questions, calendars, standards, assessments, and resources that guide student learning during the project. 1. Design and Plan: One of the ironies of PBL done well is that the best projects arise not from spontaneous decision-making but from detailed planning. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Literally Unbelievable This New Hamburglar Commercial Just Raises Even More Questions And the answers to those questions raise EVEN MORE QUESTIONS. I can't stop cringing at this new commercial from McDonalds. Maybe I'm a little old-fashioned. Read More Links To The Onion on Facebook Will Be Tagged as Satire Wait. The popular satire site The Onion is now being tagged as "satire" on Facebook. Read More Literally Unbelievable, a Tumblr Devoted to People Who Think Onion Articles Are Real This looks promising: {*style:<a href=' Unbelievable{*style:</a>*} is a new Tumblr that screencaps outraged Facebook comments on {*style:<i>*}Onion{*style:</i>*} articles from people who either haven't noticed that the article in question is from {*style:<i>*}The Onion{*style:</i>*} or simply don't know that {*style:<i>*}The Onion {*style:</i>*}is a satirical publication.

101 Web 2.0 Teaching Tools Online tools and resources have made it easier for teachers to instruct students, and for students to collaborate with those teachers and with other students and parents. These “Web 2.0” teaching tools aren’t magical, but they may seem to defy definition at times since they save time, help you to stay organized, and often take up little space on a computer. Some of these applications are Web-based, which means that they can be accessed from any computer. The following list is filled with tools that will make a teacher’s, or those enrolled in the best online education programs, life easier. The categories are listed in alphabetical order and the links to each tool are also listed alphabetically within those categories. Aggregators The following list includes free tools that you can use to stay on top of current events, including headlines and blogs. Aggie: Aggie is an open source news aggregator that’s also a desktop application. Bookmark Managers Classroom Tools Collaboration E-learning - Find out the meanings of common sayings Silvia Tolisano- Langwitches Blog Remote Scavenger Hunt We are heading into our third week of social distancing, school closures and “shelter at home&... We are in the Midst of... Are you aware that we are in the middle of making history? It is March of 2020. We are living throug...

This list contains the best new and award winning childen's book of 2015. The list is organized by age level, making it easy to locate books for certain grade levels/maturity levels. by kmeghanlewis Sep 20