Kids- I especially love watching kids discover new things in the library. Always making connections to the classroom and their personal lives. The library is so much more than books, and when kids truly feel safe in the library, they can explore the world. Families- Coordinating exciting events for the entire family to enjoy together… Continue reading 6 Reasons Why I Love Being a Librarian
It is no secret that Makerspaces are all the rage right now in libraries and classrooms. I have spent that last five years slowly transforming a computer lab area of the library into a Makerspace. But having a Makerspace area isn't the only thing you have to change. It is a change in the way… Continue reading Integrate Your Makerspace
Your principal wants to lead a building full of teachers who are innovative and effective. One of their main responsibilities is to evaluate the effectiveness of teachers! Your principal plans or locates professional development opportunities to help all teachers be even better. This is where the school librarian can help. School librarians get to… Continue reading Partner with Your Principal: Professional Development
Your principal has a lot on their plate! I have worked with several principals of various types, but one thing always keeps coming up: time. You could say librarians struggle with a lack of time as well (include teachers too!). Principals are so busy dealing with behaviors, data, parent communication, teacher evaluations, meetings, planning meetings,… Continue reading Partner with your Principal: Communication
Have you ever noticed that one of the many hats a school librarian wears is that of a counselor? Not that a school librarian can replace a school counselor. I just find myself in situations where I feel like I am teaching a heavy amount of social/emotional skills. My second year as a school librarian,… Continue reading Friendship Book Club
"Oh wow! So kids can pick up their holds on this shelf? That's just like the public library!" When a parent said that to me a couple weeks ago, it was music to my ears. Yes! One of the many ways school libraries impact children is by teaching them how to use a library. Holds… Continue reading Having a Holds Shelf
Teaching our students how to code is incredibly important! It teaches them how to understand computers and technology, and transforms the way they think. Computational thinking allows students to critically analyze the individual steps computers/robots use to complete tasks. Our brains do the same thing! Where better to learn coding than your local school library?… Continue reading Coding without Computers or Devices???
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I teach in a school district that supports Google Apps for Education. In fact, all students in grades 2nd-12th have an account, and I absolutely love it! Google Apps for Education really allow you to integrate technology seamlessly into your instruction, which engages and motivates students! As the school librarian, technology instruction usually falls on… Continue reading Teaching Google Draw with a Purpose!
It's Halloween! So that means in our library, we have Spooky Storytime for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders! First, turn off all the lights. Add some dim yellow lamps if you can. Second, find a long video of a crackling fire to display on your whiteboard. This is the one I used. Third, read spooky stories!… Continue reading Spooky Storytime