This Edutopia article titled 5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students could be adapted by library staff at all levels for more thought provoking discussions. Read it over and think about what kind of nifty poster you might make yourself to have handy as a reminder until doing this becomes a habit. Katie
Did you know that Novelist Plus has some great support for Common Core?
If you're at school go to our Homework Help page and click on the Novelist Plus link.
If you're at home just login to Ebsco Host from our Homework Help Page; click "Choose Databases" right above the search box; then chose Select Another Ebsco Service at the center top; now look for the Novelist Plus icon.
Once you're in Novelist Plus look on the right side for Professional Resources and then below it Common Core. This will lead you to Common Core Connections which you can search by grade level, Kindergarten through 7th grade. Each grade level has from 3 to 38 "Connections" by curricular topic, such as weather, families, community roles, exploration, civil rights and much much more. Each topic has three book recommendations and detailed information on how they link to and support common core standards. Be sure your teachers know about this resource!! Katie
This BoingBoing post by Cory Doctorow (author of Little Brother..and now its sequel Homeland) has a link to a PDF full of useful information and resources about using comics in the classroom. This includes tips on how using graphic novels can meet some of the new Common Core standards. We'll look into getting some of the resources listed on page 7 of the PDF for our professional collection at LMS. You might want to include links to some of the URLs in your teacher resources.
I'm pleased to be able to share access to Shannon Miller's Keynote address at AKLA 2013- Be The Change You Want To See In The World and it's a gold mine of information. Shannon is the Energizer Bunny of school librarians but full of tips and tricks for starting out slow and gradually adding to your repertoire of digital tools. In her afternoon session, Empower Your Students to Create Connect and Collaborate With Each Other, she took the time to walk folks through setting up Tweet Deck to make Twitter a manageable tool. That little tip alone was huge for us Twitter challenged folk. She also shared her 2012-13 K-12 Digital Citizenship, Technology, Library Science Curriculum and said anyone was welcome to utilize it, just give her credit. She also said she keeps improving it so check back often. I hope you'll all take a moment to check out what Shannon has to share.
400 Words is a new product to check out that teaches vocabulary through a variety of online presentations, games and exercises. It is a fee based service but I think merits investigation. Take a look at the free games and try one like Who Has Seen The Wind which is based on a poem by Christina Rosetti. The company offers pricing for classroom use or for parents on their page and we can investigate school wide or district wide pricing. I would certainly share this with parents who are willing to invest in improving their child's vocabulary. And I would appreciate your feedback as I investigate pricing beyond the classroom level.
UPDATE: it looks like this site may use YouTube videos which could be a problem in the school setting. I'm looking into it and I'd still suggest you tell parents about the site.