October 19, 2016
In our last newsletter I talked about 10 Scary Superpowers. We all have them, but some of our powers could use a touch of polishing from time to time. Take for example, the power of storytelling or spell binding.
August 30, 2016
How do we revitalize research in a world that thinks everything can just be Googled? The truth is that much information CAN be Googled. How good they are at Googling is another question. Our job then is to teach them how to use digital resources efficiently, effectively, and ethically. So just how do we do that?
August 25, 2016
I just got back from spending a morning with the media specialists in Norfolk, VA. Under the new direction of Valerie Ford, these media specialists had a very full day of professional development. I led off the morning with my keynote, Revitalizing Research in a Google-Driven World. If I could boil it down to a few pointers, this is what I would say.
February 12, 2016
What is diversity? Is it race, gender, ethnicity, ability, or culture? Is it all of the above and more? If we work with diverse students and patrons, shouldn't our teaching strategies, programs, and literature collection be a reflection of our community and beyond? Librarians are faced with the challenge of linking these students and arming them with tools for life beyond academia. By ensuring that they have a welcoming place, devoted to the way they learn, with resources and tools that accommodate their needs and those they will meet, teachers and librarians can build a positive environment that will affect their literacy development. Here are some forthcoming elementary titles to fill that gap.
September 23, 2015
There's a nip in the air. Leaves are beginning to turn. Baseball playoffs have begun. Christmas decor is on display at Lowe's. (Seriously. I saw it myself.) It must be fall! Today marks the official first day of fall. Daylight Savings Time ends on November 1, though your hours of sunlight after work will be long gone by then. In the meantime let's look at some great seasonal books to highlight in your displays, lessons, and storytimes.
August 25, 2015
What's new and exciting for PreK-Grade 6 in the world of children's literature? Today Leslie and I did our Elementary webcast for the new selections of Fall 2015. In 30 minutes, we managed to booktalk 30 books for young readers. Keep reading for the list of our selections and their corresponding categories.
Tags: Authors & Illustrators, biographies, book selections, booktalks, collection development, Common Core, fiction, JLG, lessons, literacy, nonfiction, Picture books, public library, resources, webinars.
June 09, 2015
If keeping friends is difficult, making them must seem insurmountable for some kids. The truth is that friendship is a work in progress. Best friends move away. Sometimes friends are busy with weekend activities. From time to time, two pals may not see things eye to eye. An occasional child may have a companion you can't even see. The following intermediate chapter books selected by the editors at Junior Library Guild offer all kinds of situations that will make readers laugh, cry, and feel as if they've found new friends.
May 08, 2015
At the end of a long day of professional development, a person can feel any number of things: affirmation, inspiration, or even saturation. Having been on the other side, I take that into account when I plan an agenda. This week I was fortunate to work with the librarians in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Their free PD was the result of an "enter to win" by middle school librarian, Linda Raybould. What did they win?
April 28, 2015
Trying to save money but need testing materials for your students? How about some free or mostly free reading and testing alternatives to a brand-name standard? Here are four websites that offer informational text with quizzes, as well as a free site for novel and picture book testing for grades K-8.
April 03, 2015
Next week I'm speaking to Fairfax Virginia Public Library System about using technology in the library. What should I be using ? Why should I use it? How can I use it? What if we have a Marketing Department who takes care of publicity and social media? As I rewrite my presentation to fit their needs, I found myself tweaking the whole presentation tool. Recently I was in a workshop on Symbaloo, taught mostly in an exploratory sort of method. I created an account and lightening hit.