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The Holistic Approach To Good Leadership - Fast Company

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Thinking outside the box is greatbut turning one's gaze inward can produce surprising results.
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Differentiated Reading Instruction with News-O-Matic - ClassTechTips.com

Differentiated Reading Instruction with News-O-Matic - ClassTechTips.com | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
Last month I shared some of the great features from News-O-Matic‘s new update and there is one more you are sure to love.  Teachers using this app can choose between different reading levels for students.  Each article is adapted by News-O-Matic’s editorial team to fit three reading levels (400L-600L, 600L-750L and 750-1050L).  These categories are connected to ranges of Lexile levels – a readability measure that helps measure text complexity. Teachers can assign different reading levels to each student in their class so they automatically receive news articles on their tablet that are the right level for them.

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Study: 78% Of Salespeople Using Social Media Outsell Their Peers

Study: 78% Of Salespeople Using Social Media Outsell Their Peers | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
When Jim Keenan, the social sales specialist, describes his work today, he’ll tell you that he’s “ushering salespeople from the old world into the social world” - the cold calling world to the Twitter world, the salespeople who call prospects...

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A Good Visual On Bloom's Taxonomy Vs Depth of Knowledge

A Good Visual On Bloom's Taxonomy Vs Depth of Knowledge | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
December 5, 2014
Bloom's taxonomy and Depth of Knowledge are two popular conceptual learning frameworks. They both approach the learning process from relatively different stands:Bloom's taxonomy seem...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 8, 2:13 PM

This is a simple visualization that will help you bridge Bloom's to DOK. Share with teachers!

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A Quick Guide To Teaching Hour Of Code 2014

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TEST A Quick Guide To Teaching Hour Of Code 2014
by TeachThought Staff
What is Hour of Code?
Hour of Code is a week-long promotion of the teaching and learning of computer coding.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 8, 5:04 PM

This may be a little last-minute for those of you that like to plan in advance but good for sharing anyway. Enjoy!

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The Five Dimensions of Student-Centered Leadership

The Five Dimensions of Student-Centered Leadership | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
In this day and age of accountability school leaders have a lot on their plate, but the five dimensions of student-centered leadership may be the most important.

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Library as a Learning Commons - An Interview with Shannon Miller

Library as a Learning Commons - An Interview with Shannon Miller | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
Shannon Miller discusses the library as a learning commons, parental involvement, allowing students to own learning and necessity of global connectivity.

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100 years of bookmobiles

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From the LA Times column "Jacket Copy," a slideset of the best of bookmobiles.

 


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Teacher-librarians fill high-tech role - The Columbian

Teacher-librarians fill high-tech role - The Columbian | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
As schools have stepped boldly into the 21st century, so have school librarians.
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Are School Libraries Still Necessary? - Elementary Librarian

Are School Libraries Still Necessary? - Elementary Librarian | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
This article discusses the question, "Are School Libraries Still Necessary?". School librarians respond to administrators who may be asking this question.
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Library Advocacy Done Wrong - Library Journal (blog)

Library Advocacy Done Wrong - Library Journal (blog) | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
Library Advocacy Done Wrong
Library Journal (blog)
Despite their good intentions, there are some people who maybe shouldn't advocate for change in libraries.
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"School Libraries Matter" video #sljsummit... - School Library Journal

"School Libraries Matter" video #sljsummit @Capstonepub #SchoolLibrariesMatter
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The Role of the Librarian & Computer Teacher in 21st Century Schools | Time to Rethink the Role

The Role of the Librarian & Computer Teacher in 21st Century Schools | Time to Rethink the Role | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it

In this age of literacy 2.0, the roles of the school librarian and technology teachers are in need of a change. When students have near-constant access to information through eBooks, tablets, and their personal devices, information and media literacy training can no longer be limited to the library and computer lab. With the new Common Core Standards implementation, now is a perfect time to rethink these roles and develop an information, communication, technology and literacy model that supports 21st-century learning


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What if the 'top dog' has no leadership skills? - Daily Herald

What if the 'top dog' has no leadership skills? - Daily Herald | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
True or false: All leadership positions are occupied by leaders.
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Ten Well-Travelled Ed Sites for Google Earth Field Trips and Tours

Ten Well-Travelled Ed Sites for Google Earth Field Trips and Tours | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it

"The (Google Lit Trips) tours are complete with links and facts that can make any reading block a reading block party."


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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, December 5, 12:16 PM

5 December 2014

 

It is quite moving to this retired English teacher to find expressions of appreciation such as this one, knowing that in my own way that after nearly 40 years as a classroom teacher,  I've been able to continue to support teachers and their students from Kindergarten through grad school from over 150 countries with the Google Lit Trips resources they find valuable.

 

One of the treats for me has been a result of  bloggers who've created comments that capture better than I have done, an essential element of the Google Lit Trips project. 

Mr. Clayton, this blog's author came up with, "The tours are complete with links and facts that can make any reading block a reading block party."
 

To me, this quote is much more than a wonderful compliment. It actually reflects two of the primary pillars upon which the Google Lit Trips pedagogy rests. The first being, that reading stories whether for personal enjoyment or as a focused learning experience, relies upon engaged enjoyment.

 

I hadn't thought about comparing reading to a party. In fact, I can even recall, with regret in retrospect, being slightly disappointed when a well-intended student would take the time to thank me for having such a fun class. Yes, I did try to make learning fun. And, yes, I did appreciate that the student was expressing his enjoyment for having taken the class. But somewhere in the recesses of my mind, I wanted to hear the kid say something like, "Mr. Burg, I just want to tell you that I really enjoyed the class because it gave me so many new ideas to think about that I hadn't really thought that much about before." 

 

My sense of the value of reading fiction was in the enjoyment of the  "on the lines" plot elements and the "ah ha" pleasures of discovering the "between the lines" themes.

 

My default metaphor was that great stories are like candy-coated medicine. The candy-coating, the "on the lines" plot elements being so enticing that they served to quickly break down resistance to taking in the intellectual medicine that the story's "between the lines " themes provide. From the earliest days of every reader, who didn't love the plot first and THEN gradually begin to discover both subconsciously and consciously, an engaging  burst of enjoyment in the realizing that stories can have thought provoking lessons to think about. From Aesop who gave us the "the moral of the story" to finding them myself, the "ah ha!" moment of realizing there's more to the story, was as fun as it was to actually find Waldo on a page where I had not previously done so. And, then the "fun" was further enhanced by the discovery that there were millions of visual jokes in the Waldo books that I hadn't even thought to look for as I simply scanned the page for red and white stripes. And, oh my gosh. There was even history to be found. 

 

To me, the metaphor of candy-coated medicine worked...sort of.. But, in a sense, once the discovery of the joys associated with the candy coating's ability to successfully disguise the "unpleasant taste" of the medicine itself, the metaphor began to break down as I began to come to believe that the "moral of the story" ONCE DISCOVERED was perhaps even more "delicious" as the candy-coating itself.

 

Hopefully, the metaphor ought to transition to comparing the natural attractiveness of plot (the candy-coating) and the medicinal value of the unpleasant taste of the medicine (the themes) to a metaphor more like a lollipop! Though it's actually still medicine under the candy coating, the desire to get past the plot to  "really good stuff" in the story's themes becomes pretty darn motivating.

 

Yes. Reading fiction engages first, then teaches. It is as "fun" a party of sorts. And, in classrooms, if managed (choreographed?) elegantly enough that engagement can become contagious engagement from plot through the discovery of the themes. It's more than a party, it's a block party. Each student's engagement is enhanced by the sharing of the many reasons why it is enjoyable to learn via well-written fiction. 

 

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The other nine sites in Mr. Clayton's list, also are built upon place-based instruction. Google Earth is so much more than a geography resource. Placing history, math, science, or pretty much any subject (really!) in the context of it's place in the "real world," the same world our students are spending their days learning more and more about, acts as a Vygotskian bridge of sorts. Kids know about the world they live in. Reading place-based stories enhanced by visual connections to real places, adds to their understandings of their own world. And that like plot, has its own motivating engagement. Bring the two together and kids are "pre-connected" on some level that invites the kind of engagement we want all students to love about learning.

 

 ~ www.GoogleLitTrips.org ~

by GLT Global ED an educational nonprofit

"bringing wonder and wisdom to information-age learning

If you like what we're doing, please consider supporting us at:  http://ebay.to/11vhysK

 

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Do STEM and Sports Make a Good Match?

Do STEM and Sports Make a Good Match? | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
STEM curriculum expert Anne Jolly sees considerable potential for connecting sports to a variety of engineering challenges and attracting otherwise disengaged students to STEM programs.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 9, 8:24 AM

I love this article as it makes an excellent case for holistic education. STEM learning and other subjects is not an "either-or" game - I've long been a vocal proponent of incorporating various subjects to stop the silo learning that is public education. Our brains don't separate history and language arts or science and math - it is looking for connections in all of these so why don't we make more of an effort to provide some of those connections with instructional delivery? 

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The Library Voice: I Created A Little Makerspace To-Go.....It Even Includes A Makerspace Mobile Too!

The Library Voice: I Created A Little Makerspace To-Go.....It Even Includes A Makerspace Mobile Too! | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
RT @shannonmmiller: New post...I Created A Little Makerspace To-Go.....It Even Includes A Makerspace Mobile Too! http://t.co/JDF2ZfEmi6 #tl…

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 8, 9:29 AM

I love this blog post from Shannon Miller about setting up a Maker Space - complete with pictures. Anyone can set up a Makerspace in their library media center. You don't need a 3-D printer or high tech gadgets - just a DIY attitude and various odds and ends. Enjoy!

Don Wilson's curator insight, December 8, 4:02 PM

This blog post shows MakerSpaces don't have to be buildings.

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Libarians: The NEW Digital Leader - Project Tomorrow | Speak Up

Libarians: The NEW Digital Leader - Project Tomorrow | Speak Up | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it

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GwynethJones's curator insight, December 11, 8:46 PM

We knew that already, but it's GREAT to have it confirmed!

Ok, Librarians - Step up or step off!  No more "yeah, buts!"

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This much I know about...the best thing school leaders can be doing, day-in, day-out

This much I know about...the best thing school leaders can be doing, day-in, day-out | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it

Many times in my career research has confirmed what I know to be true from experience. A little cited but brilliant book, Student-Centred Leadership by Viviane Robinson centres on my favourite issue: the golden thread from school leadership to student outcomes. Robinson’s conclusion, having surveyed the research on how leaders make the most meaningful difference in schools, was proverbial music to my ears: The more leaders focus on their relationships, their work, and their learning on the core business of teaching and learning, the greater will be their influence on student outcomes.


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Thinking Critically | Learning Commons

Thinking Critically | Learning Commons | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it

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Melf's curator insight, April 7, 6:34 AM

Unevirsity thinking explained. Its quite intresting how they think. Even if this information isn't true its still intresting. You may recognize some traits about yourself in the video

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Questioning is key to thinking and understanding

Tina Jameson's curator insight, November 6, 5:27 PM

Useful info-graphic on the research process.

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The Best Google Drive Cheat Sheets - Online Learning Guide

The Best Google Drive Cheat Sheets - Online Learning Guide | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it

Twitter Do you use Google Drive to manage your digital life? Most of us do. In fact, many online students use it to submit homework and projects to their online school.


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Reading is different online than off, experts s...

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Our brains, neuroscientists warn, are developing new circuits with a big impact on non-digital reading
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School Libraries Matter: The Changing Role of t...

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Support over 50,000 school librarians making a difference every day in our schools. Join the conversation. #SchoolLibrariesMatter
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'School libraries play a huge part in pupils' education'

'School libraries play a huge part in pupils' education' | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
One library consultant told Vicky Wayman of a new school that forgot to include a library space in their plans
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The Five Habits of Creative Teachers

Five educators and innovation experts discuss their efforts to help teachers cultivate greater creativity in the classroom (and their lives).

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