Friends, I just discovered and read an awesome book for teacher librarians. It’s called Reading Is Our Business, and the author is Sharon Grimes. I created this video review to tell you why I love it. I’m no TV anchorwoman, but I thought that a video would be better than text at capturing my enthusiasm for this book. The author tells you step by step how
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Hi librarian friends!Have you heard about the Nerdy Book Club? It’s a collaborative effort among Donalyn Miller (The Book Whisperer) and a high school teacher and an elementary school teacher. Tom Angleberger is involved somehow, because he designed the artwork for the page and the T-shirts. Anyway, I had the privilege to write a book review for the Nerdy Book Club yesterday. You can see
We’re getting ready to start first grade research projects at our school. The first thing I’ve created is a research journal, a simple one-page form to help students record their learning and form some good research habits. The form is a free download from my Teachers Pay Teachers store, and it looks like this: The first column is labeled “I wondered,” and students write their
Wow! I just finished reading a great book that I will tell you about soon (it’s Reading Is Our Business by Sharon Grimes, in case you can’t wait for my video review).After reading about this amazing librarian, who created a reading workshop in her library, I checked out the website for her school district. WOW! I’m sad that I can’t pin this to pinterest because
Ooooh, I just saw the coolest bulletin board on the Elementary Tech Teachers Ning!Check out this giant computer keyboard. This elementary tech teacher printed the graphics on colored cardstock with the arial font at 200. She used fabric rather than paper as the bulletin board background so that she could hot glue the “keys” onto the board. The “keys” are white takeout containers from Sam’s
Hi everyone! Have you put up your spring bulletin board? I would love for you to share a link to your photo and share your creativity with us.My library has high ceilings, and I’ve learned that normal-sized decorations look puny and cluttered in such a big space.So now I put a few, large graphics on my long bulletin board at the back of our library.
Do you like to make signs for your library and your centers? I do! I have way too much fun playing with fonts and graphics.If you do too, you’ll want to grab this freebie from Jennifer Jones at Hello Literacy. This is a free download from Jennifer’s TPT store. I think it looks cute and colorful. What do you think?Where do you find awesome graphics?
One of the super smart third grade teachers on our campus has a really great routine when she brings her class to our library: choose your chapter book first!She herds the whole group over to the fiction section, has them choose a chapter book and bring it to her for approval.She makes sure that the book is a good fit for their interests and reading
Thanks to Sonya Dykeman at The Library Patch, The Centered School Library has been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award.Thanks, Sonya!Now I get to pass the award on to to 5 other bloggers. Cool! There are so many awesome teacher-librarian blogs to choose from… Here are a few of my favorite things, and the winners of the One Lovely Blog Award: MsOReadsBooks is a
I tried a new strategy at our last Scholastic Book Fair. Our total sales increased AND our sales of books versus “stuff” increased.Here’s what I did.About a month before the book fair I ordered about $20 worth of goodies from Oriental Trading Company (along with some decorative stuff to go along with the theme). I ordered the neon zoo animal pencil top erasers, the neon