"Usher in 2018 with books and activities that will get the new year off to an inspired start! January is National Creativity Month, so encourage students to let their imaginations run wild while celebrating special days like Kazoo Day, Clashing Clothes Day and even Squirrel Appreciation Day. It's also Brain Teaser Month and Thank-You Month. So throw on some mismatched socks, grab a pen and paper (and, of course, a good book), and let your creativity take you to new places this January!"
"Thinking of starting a new book club at your library or revamping an existing group you inherited? Struggling with attendance or participation? Join NoveList for a look at book clubs and the factors that make them successful as we celebrate National Reading Group month. Our panel of book club hosts will discuss different types of book clubs (formal versus informal, general versus genre, and One Book, One Community programs), choosing books for your group, promoting your book club, and measuring the success of your program. Learn from their wide range of experiences, tips, and love of reading and readers.
"From School Library to Library Learning Commons: A Pro-Active Model for Educational Change" (2017) summarizes the work, over three years, of two groups of Vancouver teacher-librarians — one elementary and the other secondary — engaged in teacher inquiry. The inquiry groups have described, in both personal and professional terms, the continuum of change by which a school library becomes a Library Learning Commons in BC. They have been joined by voices of teacher-librarians throughout BC who have successfully undertaken similar initiatives.
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"Google Arts & Cultureannounces the"We wear culture" project. Promising to tell "the stories behind what we wear," the project "travelled to over 40 countries, collaborating with more than 180 cultural institutions and their world-renowned historians and curators to bring their textile and fashion collections to life." Covering 3,000 years of history, "We wear culture" uses video, historical images, short quotes and blurbs, and fashion photography to create a series of online gallery exhibits."
"Whether you are a new school librarian getting a jump start on your new adventure or have been a school librarian for a few years (or more) and need a boost to restore that "new librarian smell" this is the webinar for you! Join Nikki D Robertson as she shares 5 Tips for New School Librarians (and those who aren't so new) based on her personal insight developed through 25 years as an educator and school librarian. Additionally, Nikki will share her very personal story of struggling with burnout and how she reignited her passion and found her purpose in the school library."
"In the second edition of this important book Lynne and Rose show teachers how to help students become confident, accomplished writers by using literature as their foundation.It includes brand-new "Your Turn Lessons," built around the gradual release of responsibility model, offering suggestions for demonstrations and shared or guided writing. Reflection is emphasized as a necessary component to understanding why mentor authors chose certain strategies, literary devices, sentence structures, and words."
"But there is one thing on Goodreads that is a real and true obsession: my Goodreads Reading Challenge Tracker. [...]Over 2,000,000 users set up a reading challenge for 2017. Each year, you can set yourself a goal for the number of books you want to read that year. And because Goodreads never wants you to forget about that goal for a single second, it puts it on your home screen right below the books you're currently reading."
This document is a work in progress. It was created by a group of teacher-librarians from Surrey Schools, District #36 as part of professional development on the Curriculum Implementation Day on November 4, 2016. If you would like to add content, please email Lynne Powell, TL Helping Teacher, firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate core competency, title, author, summary and activity. You may also be interested in reviewing the core competencies slide share
"Three years ago when we were making the transition from Library to Learning Commons, I wanted to "redecorate" to reflect the change and describe what a Learning Commons was. What goes on in a Learning Commons? So, my Student Advisory Committee and I met and brainstormed verbs that described the activities that take place in our Library Learning Commons. Words like: READ, APPLY, EVALUATE, DISCOVER, IMAGINE, CREATE, COLLABORATE, SHARE etc."
You can put the link (see above) on your library page, and if you have a place to insert html, here's the snippet of code that you can pasted in - see below. (If you use Destiny/Follett as your circ system, go to the homepage edit window and insert the bit of html below.) It pulls in a graphic from the TB site, and then makes that graphic clickable so the student is redirected to the BoTD. The BoTB is a short video of the book being read and and flipped through. Great for weak readers, ELL and really young kids! (Note: I can't post the html or Blogger tries to read it as code, so I've simply inserted a screen shot - you'll have to type it out by hand - sorry!)
"School has a way of messing up even the inherently joyful act of reading a good book. If I had to distill our job as elementary teachers to a few fundamentals, at the heart would be, "Make sure our students love to read." Here are four decisions that can determine whether Guided Reading nourishes a love of books or kills it."