Hi friends! Are you celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in your school library? In the USA, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 to October 15 every year. Why these dates? Because September 15 is the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico declared its independence on September 16 and Chile on September 18. Library Display
Hi friends! Have you tried creating a library lesson with Powtoon? I just created my first Powtoon, to save myself from repeating my library orientation over and over and over. Here it is. Why do I love Powtoon as a teaching tool? My students paid attention. It was a cartoon! I made it once, then I didn’t have to repeat myself endlessly explaining library expectations.
Hi friends! Today we have a guest post from Stephanie Vukovich. She’s an elementary library media specialist in Ohio. She’s been sharing in our Learning Librarians Facebook group, about her classroom management system that is PERFECT for the library. Stephanie says: “Last spring I accepted an offer for my dream job- I was going to be a Library Media Specialist in an amazing elementary school.
Hi friends! Let’s talk about taming that shelving monster! Do you struggle to keep up with the books returned each day to your school library? Do you dread that task, or get overwhelmed by giant stacks of library books? The generous educators in our Learning Librarians Facebook group recently shared some TERRIFIC ideas to help make your library life easier. Parent Volunteers Do you have parent
Hi friends! Chapter 8 of Reading Picture Books With Children is called “The Picture Book Playground.” Have you read this chapter? This chapter and quote were a big “aha” moment for me! Talk about a paradigm shift! But let’s back up and walk through Chapter 8 in order. Intentional Inquiry Author Megan Dowd Lambert describes her Whole Book Approach as “an intentional, inquiry-based approach to
Hi friends! Are you ready for summer? I love the anticipation of long summer days, with no alarm set in the morning! I can stay up late and read one more chapter, then another. How about you? Are you stacking up books for your summer reading list? Let me add my suggestions for five books librarians must (should? could? ought to?) read this summer. I’ve
Hi friends! The TPT Teacher Appreciation sale starts tomorrow, and I want to share my tips for making the most of the sale! Give Feedback to Earn TPT Credits Before you go shopping, check out your past TPT purchases. Have you used the products? Have you left constructive feedback for the seller? For every dollar you spend on TpT (and leave feedback for), you’ll earn 1
Hi friends! Are you ready of the end-of-year library book round up? It’s almost time to get all those books back in the barn on the shelves and ready for another year of learning. I’ve lassoed five great ideas to make this annual event more fun and motivating for your school! Give Students Their Library Card As you know, I use a punch card system in our school
Hi friends! Are you nurturing visual intelligence when you share picture books with your students? Chapter 7 of Reading Picture Books with Children gives us some great examples of how and why we can do that. This quote stood out to me: Children are learning to read pictures as surely as they are learning to read words. Children See More Than We Do The author
Hi friends! Let’s celebrate National Poetry Month, but let’s make it quick and easy for busy school librarians! Like you, right? Read a poem This one’s a no-brainer, right? Read a poem on your morning announcements. Read a poem before each lesson. Read a poem, show students the book cover, and watch them check it out and read it on their own! Butcher Paper Poetry