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College Readiness: Librarians Can Help the Transition | On Common Core | School Library Journal

College Readiness: Librarians Can Help the Transition | On Common Core | School Library Journal | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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If WE don't share this information we have no one to blame but ourselves. Make sure your admin & teachers KNOW that the school librarians has an important role in the delivery of Common Core.

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2017 Scholastic Reading Report Reveals Extent of Book Ownership Divide

2017 Scholastic Reading Report Reveals Extent of Book Ownership Divide | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The biannual report is a reminder for librarians that parents and kids want good stories, humor, and strong characters. The challenge is improving access.
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Scholastic always provides a very interesting report on reading and this one is no exception. Definitely worth downloading!
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Karen Draper's curator insight, March 13, 10:00 AM
If kids don't have books at home- are they going to the library to get books? 
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7 Tips for Planning a Makerspace -- THE Journal

7 Tips for Planning a Makerspace -- THE Journal | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Districts with multiple makerspaces describe what works.
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This article contains 7 tips to help you plan and execute an effective makerspace in your library. The suggestions are great but my favorite is: visit other makerspaces. They're all different and the key is to find the model that works best for you (or whoever is managing it) and the community for which it serves. Remember! It doesn't have to be robotics and 3D printers - successful makerspaces can be altering discarded books or origami or knitting or... well, making something!
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Libraries Respond: 10 Things Your Library Can Do for 2017 and Beyond

Libraries Respond: 10 Things Your Library Can Do for 2017 and Beyond | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Libraries should be places of safety and security where our students and patrons feel free to independently search for that which interests them. In the wake of growing reports of open hostilities towards our friends and neighbors it is more important than ever that we provide a warm, welcoming space in our libraries. It is also important to take care of ourselves and resist the urge toward pessimism. This article from ALA gives us 10 things we can do to continue our work in a way that is culturally responsive and kind. 
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 15, 4:39 PM
I taught with several librarians who were terrific. We have spent too much time trying to eliminate librarians and libraries in schools, rather than redefining their roles. That is a lack of vision and leadership. One administrator thought that putting books in buckets was a library. I told her that part of the library was the human relationships that emerged due to librarians.
DocBiodiv's curator insight, March 3, 4:30 AM
Quand l'association américaine des bibliothécaires liste et documente le travail en milieu bienveillant pour ce qui les concerne autnt que le bon accueil du public avec comme finalité l'accès à la lecture, l'information, la connaissance pour tous, en résumé bienveillance professionnelle = efficience !
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What are the non-negotiable elements in Project Based Learning?

What are the non-negotiable elements in Project Based Learning? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Project Based Learning is seen by many as an effective contemporary student-centered pedagogy that sustains inquiry, promotes student choice and provides a vehicle fo
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Based on a Buck Institute for Education report titled "Gold Standard PBL" this article gives educators a fantastic guideline for quality PBL. From The Driving Question to The End Product, the author gives us not only written explanation but videos of students explaining the concept. This is well worth sharing with your teachers AFTER you have watched it and have a clear picture of how you can use these strategies with your library program - and, btw, it fits quite nicely, indeed!
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10 Excellent Web Tools for Creating Digital Quizzes

10 Excellent Web Tools for Creating Digital Quizzes | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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Looking for new ways to create some quick formative assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of your lesson or program? Here's a great list with brief explanations of each one. Share with your teachers!
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Why personalized learning should start in school libraries

Why personalized learning should start in school libraries | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Library experts discuss 6 specific ways libraries can best leverage personalized learning for every student.
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I love seeing more and more articles in journals for educators OTHER than school librarians that talk about the value of school libraries! This is worth sharing with your teachers and admins - and a good checklist for your own program! Enjoy.
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Inquiry in the Classroom: 7 Simple Tools To Get You Started

Inquiry in the Classroom: 7 Simple Tools To Get You Started | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Teachers who use an inquiry based approach can provide techniques that help students learn the questions to ask that may spark a natural interest.
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This is a nicely done article that explains why inquiry in the classroom is a good idea and then goes on to show how to get started complete with suggested instructional technology tools to help students withe the process. I love how the author makes the point about asking the "right question" as an indicator of understanding (formative assessment). Enjoy!
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 19, 12:26 AM
Asking the right question is the key! 
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What's Hot: 9 Major Ed Tech Trends for 2017 -- THE Journal

What's Hot: 9 Major Ed Tech Trends for 2017 -- THE Journal | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Education technologies are, by their nature, capricious. So it makes sense to consider what could drive innovation among classrooms for the new year. Our panel of K-12 experts weighs in.
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K-12 experts weigh in on the hot topics for Ed Tech and there are some things that stand out for any school librarian looking for ways to be a more integral part of the instructional day. Maker spaces are in the list and libraries have been leaders in this regard. My own opinion: connect maker space activities to the next hot topic, Next Generation Science Standards, and you're well on your way! Open educational resources (OER), coding, and student privacy are also in the list. This is where school librarians live - how will YOU become essential with these Ed Tech trends?
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Remaking the K12 classroom

Remaking the K12 classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Albemarle County, Virginia—A snake bit Pam Moran in front of her class on her first day of teaching 40 years ago. Moran, now a superintendent in Virginia, had no one to blame but herself on that fateful day in 1975.
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:
I love this entire article but I especially love reading about the tranformation of the "sleepy" high school library into a vibrant, active learning hub. Pam Moran spoke at the SLJ Leadership Summit and it is a pleasure to find out more about her work! Enjoy! 
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Martha Bongiorno's curator insight, January 12, 8:33 AM
Love these moments of validation.
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Bill to Ease Path for Repeal of Obama-Era Education Regulations Advances

Bill to Ease Path for Repeal of Obama-Era Education Regulations Advances | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, the House passed the Midnight Rule Relief Act, which would amend the Congressional Review Act, the second such House GOP vote in two months.
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Did we celebrate too soon?
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The School Library as Safe Space | edu@scholastic

The School Library as Safe Space | edu@scholastic | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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This is a wonderful blog post to start you off in 2017. I have always believed the library should be a safe space for all students and making it so builds positive feelings about libraries. Win-win. I love how Anita Cellucci (SLJ Librarian of the Year finalist) talks about the library as a model of a positive community interaction. How have YOU created a safe space in your library?
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The Science of Effective Learning Spaces

The Science of Effective Learning Spaces | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
A neuroscientist explains how factors such as light and seating arrangements can affect students’ cognitive performance.
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If you're someone that likes to start with the "why" this article will get you well on your way to reimagining your learning spaces. I love that author Melina Uncapher talks about the scientific research behind learning spaces and why it's important to think differently about the way they are designed. Of course, if you have a library with no outside windows or other barriers, you will have to be creative in coming up with a work-around. BUT - if you have a reluctant administrator or one that wants to know why you should bother with updating/changing your space, this is a good place to start. Enjoy!
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Students Need Our Help Detecting Fake News

Students Need Our Help Detecting Fake News | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Given social media’s popularity as a news source, writes With social media a prime news source it’s critical to equip students with the analytical skills to
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With the proliferation of "news" being shared on social media AND the rising numbers of people getting said "news" from their social media sites, it is more important than ever to teach our students how to critically analyze sources. This is an excellent article by @FBaker with tips and strategies to use in our post-truth world.
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It's Past Time For Education 3.0 -

It's Past Time For Education 3.0 - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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The post It’s Past Time For Education 3.0 appeared first on TeachThought.
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:
You know what caught my eye right away? That this artical was originally published in March 2013 - yep, almost 4 years ago and yet aren't we still struggling to get a handle on Education 2.0? Don't we all have teachers who are still treading very lightly into educational technology? Don't we still have parents (and students, I might add) who still believe we are their parenting relief for the day? Now we're talking about personalizing the learning! Libraries and librarians have a real opportunity here. We can not only help teachers get to a higher state of proficiency with transformative uses of technology but we can also model the teacher-as-learner while supporting the creation of knowledge (not just its consumption). This is well worth your time to read and to figure out how you can be the beacon of hope and agents of change in YOUR school!
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5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News

5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
In an era of national attention to what's real and what isn't, we asked educators to share their strategies for helping students sort out fact from fiction.
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Another great story from NPR on how educators are tackling the fake news issue. My only gripe: use the word educators instead of teachers so that readers aren't confused about who is doing this work! In spite of that, there are some wonderful examples here of how to build a collaborative or solo lesson on evaluation of resources which is such an important skill in today's world. Enjoy!
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 16, 3:36 PM
It is important not to fall into a "best-practices" trap, but sharing what works in each classroom is a means to help each other. Each teacher can modify the practices to meet their needs and those of each student they teach.
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The Edvocate’s List of 68 Must-Read K-12 Teaching & Learning Blogs

The Edvocate’s List of 68 Must-Read K-12 Teaching & Learning Blogs | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
DE's Blog voted #2 in The Edvocates list of 68 must-read K-12 Teaching & Learning. https://t.co/Zc6h2a904t
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Sadly, my little corner of the webiverse is not on the list (haha!) but what IS on the list is great stuff! From pedagogy to edtech to classroom management, everyone will find something useful from this list that will improve teaching practice - even those of us in school libraries! So much of what constitutes quality work in the classroom translated to our world quite nicely - bookmark your favorites!
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Heroes on a Learning Adventure

Think of your curriculum as a story. Assignments and activities are elements in the narrative, and your students are the protagonists.
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This is an excellent article that may help you think differently about how you design your library program. And if curriculum is the story, aren't we the perfect people to use that framework for designing it? Read on and then comment on how this changes your thinking!
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Educational Leadership:Literacy in Every Classroom:How Knowledge Powers Reading

Educational Leadership:Literacy in Every Classroom:How Knowledge Powers Reading | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The brain's active processing capacity is finite, so unless knowledge is encoded in long-term memory, having to search for it actually crowds out other forms of cognition. Knowing things helps you think and read successfully.
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This is a powerful article from Educational Leadership that provides research to back up the fact that prior knowledge is a key component to reading instruction. We tend to think that knowing something is less important nowadays because we can simply Google the answer. Not so, according to author Doug Lemov. This is my take-away: "The brain's active processing capacity is finite, so unless knowledge is encoded in long-term memory, having to search for it actually crowds out other forms of cognition. Knowing things helps you think and read successfully."
This has implications for libraries and how we support reading instruction. To me, it also solidifies the practice of allowing students to check out books that interest them as they emerge as readers and not pigeon-hole them into Lexile ranges. Those little nuggets of information could be just that piece of prior knowledge needed to "think and read successfully" in the future. Enjoy!
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, February 4, 1:28 AM
Embedded non-fiction when reading fiction with students helps with understanding not only of the fiction but how non-fiction is a useful tool for learning. Interesting read.
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Smithsonian Education - African American Heritage Teaching Resources

Smithsonian Education - African American Heritage Teaching Resources | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Educational information, activities and resources for educators, families, and students. Educational materials emphasize inquiry based learning with primary sources and museum collections. Smithsonian visit planning for educators, students and families.
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Here are some fantastic resources to use during African American Heritage or Black History month from our friends at the Smithsonian!
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What’s Next? Personalized, Project Based Learning | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE

What’s Next? Personalized, Project Based Learning | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
RT @BIEpbl: What’s Next? Personalized, Project Based Learning https://t.co/JVIDzukLPq #EdChat #PBLchat #PBL https://t.co/5RtEVTAVQD
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I love the opening line of this blog post that says (paraphrasing) PBL is easy but PBL done well is a lot more difficult. The author goes on to give examples of schools that ARE doing it well and how they're doing it. The list includes active links to the schools (or systems) so you can click through and see what's going on there. This is well worth a read!
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5 tips to improve your critical thinking - Samantha Agoos

5 tips to improve your critical thinking - Samantha Agoos | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Every day, a sea of decisions stretches before us, and it’s impossible to make a perfect choice every time. But there are many ways to improve our chances — and one particularly effectiv
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We talk about critical thinking when designing curriculum for our students but do we make sure we are, ourselves, engaged in it? This very interesting TEDTalk by Samantha Agoos will provide 5 tips that you just may think about for self-application!
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Future Ready Libraries Change Lives

Future Ready Libraries Change Lives | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
A school library blog about library collaborations, new technology, and student voice. We share about how we are working with our learning community.
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If you are not sure what a Future Ready library is or what it looks like, this is an excellent article to get you started. Stony Evans breaks down the principles of the Future Ready framework and gives examples of what it could look like in your library. He also talks about OER (open educational resources) and how that fits into the school library ecosystem. Check this one out!
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How Design Thinking Became a Buzzword at School

How Design Thinking Became a Buzzword at School | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The trendy concept is in high demand among educators, but its specifics are vague.
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While the term is thrown around quite a bit in education these days, I think there are many people who aren't quite sure what "design thinking" really is. This article will provide a foundation that, much like design thinking itself, will leave some open-ended questions in your mind. It is an interesting concept and it generates lots of excitement (and engagement with students when properly delivered) and this article will have you thinking of ways to use it in YOUR classroom or library!
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We Can't Assume Students Know How to Choose

We Can't Assume Students Know How to Choose | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Every child knows how to like something, but they don't always know how to make it applicable to learning. Sometimes they don't see the connections and that's where we have to help. The more transparent we can make the learning process, the better students will be able to choose when you ask them "What do you want to learn?"
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If you've ever tried to personalize a research project in your library you know this is true: you ask students to select something in which they're interested and you get a group of blank stares. It seems like endless rounds of "reference interviews" might get you into a student's head - and it might not. This is a worthwhile article to read for those of you trying to incorporate more student choice into curriculum. We must think carefully about how to guide children back to their natural curiosity that was lost when they entered the school building back in kindergarten. 
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Joanna McNally's curator insight, December 13, 2016 4:46 AM
True! Identifying, narrowing, or broadening a topic were a challenge for many seniors during a PBL social justice issues assignment recently. This is a career/college life skill students need to practice.
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8 Things To Look For In Today's Classroom -

8 Things To Look For In Today's Classroom - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
8 Things To Look For In Today’s Classroom https://t.co/K5l8ngM4bJ via @TeachThought #education #edchat https://t.co/uNmnVgYJz2
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This article from TeachThought writers takes post by George Couros, visualizes it, and then gives some concrete suggestions for what it might look like. Libraries have always functioned on Voice and Choice for students but how would you incorporate self-assessment and time for reflection into your program? What would it look like in a media center? Would it even be different? Check this one out!
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