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Fall Festivals

Drive past elementary schools and you’ll see the signs for our Fall Festivals. Some are elaborate events with hayrides, animals, and entertainment. Others involve simple games designed by classroom teachers and manned by parent volunteers. All of these events demand teachers give extra time to the school in order to provide a night of family [...]

Fall Festivals

Drive past elementary schools and you’ll see the signs for our Fall Festivals. Some are elaborate events with hayrides, animals, and entertainment. Others involve simple games designed by classroom teachers and manned by parent volunteers. All of these events demand teachers give extra time to the school in order to provide a night of family [...]

Professional Books for Us

Kristin Fontichiaro’s book Active Learning Through Drama, Podcasting, and Puppetry from Libraries Unlimited (www.lu.com) is one of the top books I’m putting to use this year. Intended for grades K-8, you need this book to help teachers with Listening and Speaking skills standards. This year I had many teachers upset when they realized at the [...]

Professional Books for Us

Kristin Fontichiaro’s book Active Learning Through Drama, Podcasting, and Puppetry from Libraries Unlimited (www.lu.com) is one of the top books I’m putting to use this year. Intended for grades K-8, you need this book to help teachers with Listening and Speaking skills standards. This year I had many teachers upset when they realized at the [...]

Does it matter who leads us?

The two candidates for ALA President have been announced: Camila Alire and J. Linda Williams. Does it matter who leads us? Should you care? YES! Several years ago Barbara Stripling ran for ALA President, but lost to Michael Gorman (of the ‘I hate bloggers’ group). Michael appreciated school librarians, but it was not the same [...]

Does it matter who leads us?

The two candidates for ALA President have been announced: Camila Alire and J. Linda Williams. Does it matter who leads us? Should you care? YES! Several years ago Barbara Stripling ran for ALA President, but lost to Michael Gorman (of the ‘I hate bloggers’ group). Michael appreciated school librarians, but it was not the same [...]

Out of the mouths of babes

You need a place to share those cute, hysterical, unbelievable things that students say to you. Here it is. Leave a comment and tell us some of your very favorites. I’ll start off with some of mine: When planning which sources to use with 2nd graders using the Super3 Method, they identified they would need [...]

Out of the mouths of babes

You need a place to share those cute, hysterical, unbelievable things that students say to you. Here it is. Leave a comment and tell us some of your very favorites. I’ll start off with some of mine: When planning which sources to use with 2nd graders using the Super3 Method, they identified they would need [...]

Tech Coaches – Our Friends

Recently I talked about being "lured by the dark side" of technology with library information specialists in New York (see Chris Harris’ blog mention). I was actually referring to the division between technology coaches and library information specialists. In some districts this is blurred because the LIS is the tech coach. In others there is [...]

Tech Coaches – Our Friends

Recently I talked about being "lured by the dark side" of technology with library information specialists in New York (see Chris Harris’ blog mention). I was actually referring to the division between technology coaches and library information specialists. In some districts this is blurred because the LIS is the tech coach. In others there is [...]