If you're looking to upgrade your selection of African-American titles take a look at this wonderful list published by School Library Journal. It includes picture books, early chapter books, books for middle and high schoolers, fiction and non-fiction. Katie
Check out the new look of the World Book Kids module. It is much more visually appealing than the old product. Please not only show it to students during library visits but get the word out to your teachers. While this module is geared for primary students I think even struggling intermediate readers will get excited about exploring this new interface. Katie
Check out the titles listed here from the National Science Teachers' Association (NSTA) Outstanding Trade Books for 2015 list. You might want to be adding age appropriate selections to your purchase lists for next year. I understand the Batman Science: The Real World Science Behind Batman's Gear will likely be a Guys Read title for the 2015-16 school year. Katie
Here's an article called Slowing Down to Learn: Mindful Pauses that Help in Student Engagement, at the Mind/Shift website, which discusses the benefits of building in short, additional bits of time for students (and oneself) to process information. Read the several different categories which begin with just adding a few seconds to the time between asking a question of students and when you choose someone to answer. We might need to get the book “Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom,” by Patricia A. Jennings added to our professional collection. Katie
Edutopia has some great resources on this page for teaching about that tricky ability of being able to understand and share another's feeling called 'empathy.' Yes, these would be great to use in conjunction with Valentine's Day but don't limit yourself to availing yourself of these resources only around this holiday. They're too valuable to pass up. Check them out now but use them all year long.
A little bit of silliness from Arthur and his friends courtesy of Kristen and Jenny. They're singing about what you might find, see, or do in your library during this 3-minute video. Francine even raises the very important question, "Who's Dewey?!?" Fun for all ... and educational too! Jim
One of the things we're always in the midst of is try to upgrade our media. If there is a videotape that teachers love to use, we do what we can to get DVD copies so that we'll be ready when the tape wears out. As part of that campaign, I ran across our video of The Chinese Word for Horse. This is an animated film that tells about the power of cooperation - with the main characters being played by the Chinese word for that person or object put into motion. I haven't found a replacement DVD, but I did find this wonderful version on Vimeo. Please take a look - it's only about 9 minutes and you'll love it. Jim
Here is another fantastic storytelling contest opportunity where students get to share the wonderful learning that goes on in the school library by creating "digital artifacts" on one of four different Web 2.0 products depending on grade level. These include Storybird, FlipSnack, Zooburst, and Animoto. Check out the AASL webpage for instructions and more information. Katie