"We're lucky to live in a world where fantastic children's books are published every week. Every day I review a book published this year. Although I may mention things about books that I don't like ("Cons"), I only choose books for which I feel I can give a mostly positive review. I try to find books that would appeal to kids and/or fit in well with the elementary school curriculum. All books come from my local public library, and I do not benefit in any way from my reviews (except for the warm, fuzzy feeling of sharing good books with readers).
"John Green kicks off the Crash Course Literature mini series with a reasonable set of questions. Why do we read? What's the point of reading critically. John will argue that reading is about effectively communicating with other people. Unlike a direct communication though, the writer has to communicate with a stranger, through time and space, with only "dry dead words on a page."
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"That's where NoveList's Best of 2017 lists come in: each one offers a chance to look back on the books that your students loved and (hopefully) discover something new. Lovingly curated by the children's librarians and catalogers of NoveList, these "Besties" feature books that are high quality, bursting with kid appeal, or notably exceptional – which means there's something for every reader."
"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."