Things I do, things I've done, things I can do!
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I'm taking a moment to reflect on the personal and professional learning that has occurred for me this summer. Wow! Every day, I'm learning something, and I just can't stop! At this point, I need to hone in on areas that I want to include in my practice this year.
I have studied:
I'm always asked to assist good readers find books beyond their grade level, which can be a difficult task, as you have to take into consideration the maturity level and content matter of books that may or may not be suited for younger readers.
I think the Children's Book Council does a great job coming up with a book list for these students.
Chosen for children who are reading at an advanced level
Here are 75 books chosen by the ALA-CBC (American Library Association & Children’s Book Council) Joint Committee to provide guidance to parents, caregivers, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and anyone interested in discovering books for children who read at an advanced level and are seeking more challenging, but still age-appropriate, books.
Printable handout of the 75 books
My latest Library Update disussed ways to help stay organized and single-task.
Readers, what about you -- do you keep a clean inbox? What tips do you have for avoiding inbox clutter?
Please share your tips in the comments section below.
Another reading find! Launch happens to be on my TBR pile (to be read) but this headline caught my attention. You know I love digital media, but I agree, sometimes vintage is the way to go! Balance in all things!
Read John Spencer's thoughts:
Ten Vintage Ideas to Spark Innovation in Your Classroom
I came across this article from Cult of Pedagogy this morning. It really makes me re-think what we teach.
Many years ago, I participated in the SEWAC (South East Wisconsin Assessment Consortium) at Alverno, where we studied and practiced McTighe and Wiggins work, Understanding by Design. This article reminds me and refocuses me to what's really most important in our lessons. If you know their work, you will appreciate Jennifer Gonzalez's take on the Grecian Urn lesson. Take a look, either directly to the website blog, or to a PDF of the article.
Recently, Future Ready Schools released their Future Ready Librarians Framework. These are many of the components that we have been working to strengthen.
As we see changes in the library media centers, this article has been a great example of the kind of instructional, collaborative, and social spaces that we are creating.
The flowchart was created in October, as I looked ahead to the things I wanted to accomplish and the steps needed to achieve. On this last day of 2015, approximately 85% of the plan is complete and in place. Things accomplished were; obtaining Destiny, re-implementing OverDrive, creating Web Access, updating and promoting Subscription Databases, and tweaking some Processes and Procedures.
There's still more to accomplish, but it's gratifying to take a look back and see the foundation that has been built in such a short time. I'm looking forward to completing the plans in 2016!
Over the years, I've helped dozens of teachers add tech pieces to their lessons and performed tutorials with students. But times change, the tech tools change, it's not about the tool, but transforming the learning. True, it is hard to keep up with technology advancement, I think we can agree, we all want what's best for students to prepare them for the future, and for jobs that don't yet exist.
As I help teachers integrate, I find myself wanting to get at the process from the beginning of a lesson, unit, or class. I want to help design the learning in their content areas, to provide personalized, project based and blended learning. I would like to help teachers find ways to be more efficient with their time and find ways to work smarter, not harder. Working smarter, to me, means using Blended Learning; a learning management system that includes graded online assessments, and discussion forums---open or closed formats.
I came across this Zaption presentation that teaches the importance of Blended Learning and defines blended learning. In part 3, it talks about learning management systems, specifically Schoology, but you could plug in any LMS tool---Versal, Edmodo, Moodle, or Google Classroom. *Note that you can skip by the quiz/questioning by advancing the slide.
Click here for the Zaption presentation:
Zaption Pricing and options
Another great article that discusses the pros and cons of Google Classroom, if you find Classroom doesn't fill your needs, then let's find another LMS that does.
Google Classroom Review: 16 Pros And Cons Of Using Google Classroom In eLearning
Monday, August 10th is the annual Picture Book 10 for 10 event (#pb10for10). Educators, librarians, parents, and picture book lovers from around the globe will be sharing their favorite ten picture books.
These are my top ten must haves of all time (that I tend to use for mentor text every year):
The Spider and the Fly by Tony DiTerlizzi (Illustrator), Mary Botham Howitt (Author)
Owen & Mzee The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Craig Hatkoff (Author)
Henry's Freedom Box A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine (Author), Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
Ish by Peter H. Reynolds (Author)
What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? by Robin Page (Author), Steve Jenkins
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch (Author), Michael Martchenko (Illustrator)
It's a Book by Lane Smith (Author)
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin (Author), Harry Bliss (Illustrator)
This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness by Joyce Sidman
What You Know First by Patricia MacLachlan
One of my favorite teacher gurus, I like, agree, and have tested out her principles with students, with much success. We do need classroom libraries so that access is at a student's fingertips, but we should not forget the library! I work hard to find the best books for our students, please stop in anytime! ;-)
Here's the article:
NCTE blog entry by August 5, 2015Intellectual Freedom, UncategorizedMillie Davis
I really feel that these habits of mind are important for us. It's hard to change, and we need to be less critical of ourselves in this ever-changing environment of education. It is no longer possible to be an expert. Take a look, see what habits of mind that you need to work harder on to become a modern teacher.
“I learned to dream through reading,
learned to create dreams through writing,
and learned to develop dreamers through teaching.”
~ Sharon M. Draper