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Why a PhD?

I have always wanted to be Dr. Di. Not necessarily a medical doctor, but a philospher/thinker/educator. While I’m busily serving on exec board, rearing the last son at home, and teaching, I am probably too busy to consider getting an advanced degree. But I want one. Why? I can’t really concisely describe this. I want [...]

Why a PhD?

I have always wanted to be Dr. Di. Not necessarily a medical doctor, but a philospher/thinker/educator. While I’m busily serving on exec board, rearing the last son at home, and teaching, I am probably too busy to consider getting an advanced degree. But I want one. Why? I can’t really concisely describe this. I want [...]

Guest Blogger: Cheryl Tyler Pt 1

Our Blog Counselor Cheryl Tyler guest blogs today on Providing a Safe Environment for All Students to Learn. This is part 1 of 3 and I know you won’t want to miss an episode. Be sure to leave comments for Cheryl. We need to know you are listening.   This past summer I was teaching [...]

Personalities & Inventorying Collections

My school relocated into its permanent facility this summer. Faculty members were integrated from 6 different schools. For team building at the beginning, we completed a personality inventory. Would you believe my information indicated that I have a need to be "right?"  I beg to disagree. I prefer the term accurate. I do not mind [...]

8 legs, hairy & spooky – RUN!

Confession time: I didn’t want to write this post. Don’t misunderstand, the books are great. You should have the entire series and plan to keep replacing them when they get worn out repeatedly.  It’s just that … I’m scared of the two books in front of me. I kept giving the books to others to read and [...]

Are we egocentric?

ALA released their new list of Emerging Leaders today. I immediately did what I believe some of you will do – checked for any ties or connections. I wanted to see if I knew anyone (maybe 3), if anyone on the list was sponsored by AASL (yep!),  if there were any other school librarians on [...]

E-newsletters AASL Hotlinks

Think you get too much email? Join the crowd. At one point this week, I had 985 emails to scan/ read/ respond/ delete. When you receive 2-300 a day, it takes commitment and diligence to keep up. I’m so glad I didn’t blindly delete everything because I would have missed AASL’s Hotlinks for October. This [...]

Trying to set up book review blogs

Ever feel like you’re starting all over again? I’ve used EduBlogs with students and witnessed an immediate response, but I had problems getting privileges set so students could post the entries, not just respond with comments.  This year I decided to use wikispaces to set up a simple wiki for our students to begin adding [...]

Blog Artist TedE’s review of Draw It!

 Draw It!(Series) Written by Patricia Walsh / Tiffany Peterson & illustrations by David Westerfield / Mark Adamic.  Published by Heinemann-Raintree.   Growing up in an area that did not have art instructors till high school, I’d often go to the library to find art books that could be my teacher. How To Draw books were the [...]

Bookmarks Mark the Books Off

Publishers, pay attention. Schools need more bookmarks. Want to sell more books? Create bookmarks and send them free to schools when they purchase titles in a series (or even before purchase). Watch what happens when students get their hands on the bookmarks. They begin checking off what they’ve read and demand the next title on the [...]