Notebook Connections leads teachers through the process of launching, developing, and fine-tuning a reader's notebook program. Teacher-guided lessons in every chapter help students create anchor texts for their notebooks using various comprehension and writing strategies. As students become more proficient, they grow more independent in their thinking and responses and will begin to select the strategies that work best for them. In the process, the notebook becomes a bridge that helps students make connections between ideas, texts, strategies, and their work as readers and writers.
Notebook Connections, filled with lesson ideas and assessment tips, provides a comprehensive model for making reader's notebooks the centerpiece of your reading workshop.
In professional workshops with teachers over the years, Patrick Allen has encountered a list of "counterfeit beliefs" about the process of conferring with readers, including such comments as: "I don't have time, I don't know what questions to ask, It's too hard, I don't know what to write in my notes, I don't even take notes, I don't know how to go deep. . . ." In Conferring: The Keystone of Reader's Workshop, Patrick maintains that the benefits of conferring are worth the effort of learning to do it well. Then he sets out to reveal how teachers can overcome their perceived obstacles and make the somewhat intangible aspect of conferring with readers tangible.
Metaphors and analogies are more than figurative language suitable only for English classes and standardized test questions. They are “power tools” that can electrify learning in every subject and at all grade levels. Metaphors show students how to make connections between the concrete and the abstract, prior knowledge and unfamiliar concepts, and language and image.
Digital resources can be a blessing to both teachers and students, bringing a richness to learning that is dramatically different from what was available to schools four decades ago. At the same time, the shift of popular culture to embrace such digital possibilities often entails risks, difficulties and liabilities that usually go unmentioned by cheerleaders and digital promoters. This article takes a more balanced perspective, celebrating the benefits while identifying those risks.
I came across these articles on time management for TLs.
(We also have the author's book at DRC: Dewey need to get organized? : a time management and organization guide for school librarians ISL 640.43 FOU Foust, J'aime L. 2002)
Dewey Need to Get Organized?
Focuses on time management and organization. Exercise for assessing what things are wanted to be done and what is thought of being done; Creation of the master list; Setting of priorities; Finding a daily planner that works.
Part I: Book Report; Sep/Oct2000, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p20, 4p
ACF is offering free teaching guides on their website for many of the films they represent. (There are also links to subscription lesson plans as well.)
"In an effort to increase the educational value of the films we exclusively represent, we have created a new section called “Teaching with Movies” on our web site. In this section (left side of menu), we have listed/linked numerous PDF teaching guides for hundreds of movies we exclusive represent. The majority of these guides of FREE OF CHARGE, but some require an annual membership."