Wednesday, November 18, 2015

It's Already November...

   The year is buzzing right along and everyone here right along with it. The library has been very busy with elementary students and book check out. Today, for a refreshing change, I got to work with the juniors on one of Common Sense's Digital Citizenship lessons. It was an authentic and timely lesson. But, the best piece was listening to our students discuss the topic on "internet privacy". Once questions were posed, the kids were off and running. Our students are pretty tech savvy, for sure, but I think most learned a few things. I know the Mrs. Henderson-Howie and I did.  I am thankful for periods like one and two today - good stuff!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015

Inforgraphics ~Why I Need to Get Better at This!

The Infographic

What a great way to express ideas and present information!

This is one of those tools I just plain need to get better at creating and using. I have seen so many great ones and thought, "I need to do that!" Below is one that Infographics Labs created to explain what one is (and, really, why to use it).

     It also makes good sense to know how to create a good one so that I can help our students do the same. 
Good idea!

     So, that is another goal - improve infographic skills. Start with an annual report for the past school year, 2014-2015. I am telling myself, "You can do it! You can do it!"  :) Let's see if I can.

     Although this has little to do with infographics, I have a link to some free classroom type clipart that I like.
    Classroom Clipart
     Another source for clipart that came from FreeTech4Teachers is:
a gallery of more than 31,000 clip art images that have been released into the public domain. All of the clip art in the Open Clip Art Library can be downloaded and reused for free.

Friday, November 14, 2014

An Epic Chart of 162 Young Adult Retellings

An Epic Chart of 162 Young Adult Retellings

This site has so many great facts about books and great book suggestions for YAs. I think it will keep us busy for a long while. If you want to find something read that is new, but old (or in this case, based on old) check out this :

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mindfulness ~ in Classrooms and Libraries; Resources to Help Bring Out the Best in Our Kids

     I have been reading about mindfulness in teaching and was happy to stumble on a link via Twitter to a blog post called "Mindfulness in the Library".
    It has good information and links to articles. I can't wait to finish and begin to practice some of the techniques. Kids, and everyone, are so busy today, so involved that sometimes all it takes it calming down and refocussing them to bring out the best.  :)
   Two books I am reading go along with the idea of mindfulness in the classroom/library.
They are below. I am enjoying them both although each comes from a different place - one is based on eastern philosophies and one has more western spirituality. Both want to help teachers and adults bring out the best in our children.