Hi friends! I just read this article, I really liked it, and I’m thinking about how to apply it to our school library. Hmmm…. Building Excitement Into a Classroom | Scholastic.com Brain research shows that learning is heightened when students encounter something unexpected. In the article, this elementary school teacher describes how he creates reality-TV-style anticipation in the classroom, followed by the surprising “reveal.” I
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Hi friends! I found another great video for our school libraries. I don’t think I’ll show this during library orientation. I’m gonna save it for later in the year, when we need a little reading pep talk. This video, from Scholastic, features Dav Pilkey, the super-popular author of Captain Underpants. He draws as he talks, and he tells us why reading is so much better
Hi friends! Are you getting ready to start the BEST YEAR EVER in your school library? Me, too! The end of summer is a time of high hopes and plenty of planning. I’m rounding up the resources I want to add into our back-to-school mix as we establish routines to help the year run more smoothly. I just found this cool song that I am
Hi campers! If you were with me for S’More Tech Summer Camp, you may remember that we created our wild selves, but then the website went blank. (I’m still sulking over that, New York Zoo and Aquarium!!) Anyway, the Busy Librarian, Matthew Winner, found a good substitute for us, called Switcheroo Zoo at www.switchzoo.com. With the Make and Play feature, you can create a new “animal”
Hi friends! Are you (like me) starting to think about thinking about getting ready to go back to school? All the stores have had school supplies staring at us for weeks, but I’ve been ignoring them. I couldn’t ignore these. Because they’re in my library. So I spent a long day with two helpers turning the boxes into this. Stacks of empty, flattened boxes and
Hi friends! Thank you soooo much for helping The Centered School Library reach the 100-follower milestone! I’m delighted that our community is growing as we learn from each other. To celebrate, I’ve created a special celebratory freebie. Please feel free to pin it or share it with your friends. Spread the blog joy! I received a comment recently asking me to share my center signs.
Hi friends! I’m delighted to see that our community has reached 100 followers this week! I’m working on a special freebie to celebrate the occasion. (The more I work on it, the more I keep adding to it!) And when I’m not working on a special gift for you, here’s what I get to do. Yes! I get to unpack our library! We’ll be enjoying
Hi friends! A teacher at my elementary school clued me in to this little find…a T-shirt at Sears featuring Snoopy, with the quote, “Meet Me in the Library.” Good news: it’s red, colorful and the Snoopy librarian with his bow tie is super cute. Bad news: it’s in the junior department, so it’s designed to fit SNUGLY. Try it on before you take it home!
Hi campers! I was already sad that today will be our last day of camp, but I got more bad news in my email this morning. Build Your Wild Self, the website we had so much fun with a few weeks ago, is gone forever. I received a blog comment asking me why the site is now a blank yellow screen. I emailed the New
Hi campers! This is the penultimate (I love using that word) post for our S’More Tech Summer Camp. One week from today, I will be in my favorite place, on the beach in South Walton County, Florida, reading a book while I listen to the waves roll in. But, for today, I’ll stay focused on the iPad. I was inspired by this article by Diane Darrow