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The Road to Women’s Rights

The Road to Women’s Rights | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Women’s history is no longer in hiding, thanks to historians searching out women’s impact on society. Middle grades students can trace that history here.
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This article includes links and program ideas to honor Women's History Month (March). Share with teachers!

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The Highest Literacy Is Understanding The Value Of A Text -

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This article articulates something I have felt for a long, long time. That drill-and-practice reading, emphasis on close-reading, and leveled libraries (and the restrictive practice of limiting a child's reading choice) is doing way more harm than good - and we have the reading scores to prove it. THIS IS WHY LIBRARIANS ARE SO IMPORTANT, folks. We have always focused on the "value of the text," of leading the reader to a book in which they show interest, the value of the story to transform thinking. This is a must read.

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Julia Polshina's curator insight, February 7, 12:59 AM

This is something I believe - reading should have value.

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Improving Schools Through Design Thinking

Improving Schools Through Design Thinking | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

Along with teaching students how to master design thinking, this five-step model of empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test can also be used in running the school itself.

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I am a firm believer that to improve schools we must look beyond teacher prep to how school itself is designed. We take so many "norms" for granted when maybe we should be asking a lot more "why?" questions. This is a great start to get you thinking about YOUR school and space and asking those questions to improve student impact through design thinking.

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Looking for Ways to Use Inquiry in Your School Library?

Looking for Ways to Use Inquiry in Your School Library? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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I don't often share webinars but when my good friend Dr. Lucy Santos Green is on the presenter list, I have to do it! This session will help you introduce or reinforce the use of inquiry learning in your school library. Well worth your time - for elementary through high school! 

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Education/School Libraries

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Contact: Kevin Maher and Jessica McGilvray Elementary and Secondary Education Act & Libraries What is Elementary and Secondary Education Act? The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) or what was previously known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB)  provides federal funding for K-12 education programs. The legislation was scheduled to be reauthorized in 2009 but ...
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This article gives a succinct reading of the ESSA as it relates to school libraries. It might be worth keeping on hand for that courageous conversation with your admin.

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Part 1: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning ... Reading

Part 1: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning ... Reading | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

  Welcome to a series that supports the use of technology in support of differentiated learning in and beyond the PBL classroom.  Before reading, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me...

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Worth reading so you can bring up these tech solutions to PBL, personalized, and differentiated learning!

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Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development?

Why Don’t We Differentiate Professional Development? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

PD could be more effective if we differentiated it by gauging teachers' readiness, utilizing their interests, involving them in the process, and providing continual assessment opportunities.

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That's a very good question, isn't it? We have ALL sat in PD that didn't pertain to us or started at a more basic level than we needed or started at a level beyond our comprehension. So why DON'T we differentiate? Great article to fuel some good thinking and conversations!

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What Happens After College? Project Info Literacy Releases Lifelong Learning Research Report | LJ INFOdocket

What Happens After College? Project Info Literacy Releases Lifelong Learning Research Report | LJ INFOdocket | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

The new report was released today by  Project Info Literacy based at the The University of Washington's iSchool. From the PIL Web Site: What lifelong learning needs do recent graduates have once they finish college?

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This is worthy of a good read as we get into some backwards planning in K-12. My biggest take-away from this article is this statement: "Findings indicated that most graduates needed to learn a combination of basic and complex life skills during the past year, such as money-management, how to make household repairs, and how to advance in their careers and communicate better on the job."

To me that just screams information literacy - the realm of the school library media specialist. Share this with your curriculum team!

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This Is Our Classroom Of Wisdom: 10 Statements of Affirmation

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This Is Our Classroom Of Wisdom: 10 Statements of Affirmation

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I love everything about this post - the 10 statements of affirmation but also the ideas put forth. Have we, indeed, put policies and procedures ahead of human beings? I think so. But libraries have represented the last holdout of independent, self-directed learning and I am proud of that. How do we leverage that philosophy to help bring our classrooms into alignment with this idea?

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Turning Current Events Instruction Into Social Justice Teaching

Turning Current Events Instruction Into Social Justice Teaching | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

When teaching social justice through current events, consider who your students are, explore opinions and perspective, clarify social justice themes, use interactive technology, and encourage activism.

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Excellent article to share with teachers who may want to explore this topic. I love how the writer advises teachers to first be sensitive to who is in the classroom and what kinds of issues could be raised during class discussions. I think this is a powerful way to connect history to the present by having students think about how things would change if X event took place in a different time period or to connect the dots on how a historical event led to the current situation. Enjoy!

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Why followers, likes & retweets are worthless | SmartBlogs

Why followers, likes & retweets are worthless | SmartBlogs | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

It's hard for me to say this, but you've been lied to about social media.You have had the wool pulled over your eyes since the emergence of every major soc

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I love how this blog talks about the importance of value over followers! I hope that I am providing quality content here...

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, December 29, 2015 3:51 AM

Using social media smartly will enhance your reputation and help you make real connections. Stop chasing the likes and retweets :)

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Peter Dickinson Dies at 88

Peter Dickinson Dies at 88 | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

Peter Dickinson, a unique brand of novelist who captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, passed away on his 88th birthday.

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So sad to hear this news. I love Peter Dickinson and read so many of his books that were rich with deep characters and completely imagined worlds. The Ropemaker. A Bone from a Dry Sea. Too many more to mention. Thank you, Peter, for leaving us with your amazing stories...

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Student Letters Deliver Heightened Engagement

Student Letters Deliver Heightened Engagement | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

Asking students to write you a weekly letter helps you answer their questions, coach them on ELA skills, and learn more about them as people.

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I love this idea and since many of our districts have an LMS that will accomplish the email exchange within it, it's a no-brainer! This could be adjusted and/or expanded depending on grade level but there are lots of possibilities for creative writing here. Enjoy!

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2015’s EdTech Trends in Review

As the end of the year approaches, it’s a fantastic time to look back on the big trends of 2015.

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I'm a sucker for all those year-end "best of" lists that start coming out about now. This one is from Monica Burns' "Class Tech Tips" blog. Happy reading!

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Finding the Math in Storybooks for Young Children

Finding the Math in Storybooks for Young Children | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

Storybooks for young children that contain math ideas may be far more useful in helping kids learn about math than counting books.

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To piggyback on my post yesterday about using the Super Bowl to collaborate/integrate math, here is another post that may help you make inroads with your math teachers. Had you ever thought about teaching size, order, and sequence through the Goldilocks story? This article will not only give YOU some good ideas but some hints for parents about reading WITH their children and focusing on how the child sees the story. Enjoy!

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Super Bowl Themed ELA & Math Questions from Edcite - Class Tech Tips

Super Bowl Themed ELA & Math Questions from Edcite - Class Tech Tips | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

 Formative assessments and homework don’t have to be boring. There are ways to assess the skills you’re teaching and make content engaging at the same time.

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I have heard so often that media specialists/teacher-librarians have a hard time collaborating with math teachers. Well, here's an idea that you might be able to bring back to your school to change that dynamic. It is Super Bowl season, after all!

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Election 2016: Lesson Plans and Digital Resources for Educators

Election 2016: Lesson Plans and Digital Resources for Educators | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

Teach the 2016 U.S. presidential election with this curated collection, featuring lesson plans, multimedia, and interactive games for K-12 students.

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Some excellent resources for teachers to pull our presidential election process into the classroom. Great tools for teaching information and media literacy, too. Please share this with your classroom teachers!

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5 Characteristics Of Project-Based Learning That Works -

5 Characteristics Of Project-Based Learning That Works - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

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I love the graphic that goes along with this article. It really helps distill the PBL ideas in an easy-to-grasp format that you can share with your fellow educators.

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Nandini Menon's curator insight, January 26, 9:17 PM

Hands on learning - embedding information!

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50 Activities To Promote Digital Media Literacy In Students

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50 Challenging Activities To Promote Digital Media Literacy In Students

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There are too many good ideas here to list them all. This is like a "best of" list for activities to get those minds working overtime and really thinking about what they're reading. Enjoy!

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Co-Teaching: Toxics, Separatists and Troopers

Co-Teaching: Toxics, Separatists and Troopers | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

Halfway through the school year, it’s time for co-teachers to examine the learning culture they've created and get over toxic tendencies, says Elizabeth Stein.

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While this article is more directed towards classroom teaching teams, I think there are some excellent suggestions for library professionals looking to partner up. Enjoy!

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What Teachers That Use Technology Believe -

What Teachers That Use Technology Believe - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

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The 10 statements of belief should be hanging in each classroom, IMHO. The article explains number 7 - that one confused me at first but you'll get it. The most powerful of them: number 10 - teachers can't do it all. No, but they can partner with experts, media specialists, and community members for a richer learning experience. And technology makes those connections so much easier!

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How We Can Create the Schools We Need

How We Can Create the Schools We Need | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

Chris Lehmann and Zac Chase offer sharp insights on the world of learners and a vision for where schools should be heading and include practical advice.

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This book review is solid! Makes me want to buy a copy right now!

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50 Things You Can Say To Encourage A Child -

50 Things You Can Say To Encourage A Child - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

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If you've been teaching for a while you might have gotten into the habit of saying "You're so smart!" or "Great job!" Here's a list of great new phrases to help boost a child's confidence without overplaying the self-esteem card.

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Jaime Salcedo Luna's curator insight, January 11, 2:34 PM

50 frases motivadoras para nuestros alumnos.

Victor Ventura's curator insight, January 13, 12:57 PM

Double up on this list by adding 50 of your ways. Then commit to using them daily.

Melissa Spears's curator insight, January 15, 1:21 AM

There are several ways to encourage students. Encouragement make the students more confident about the work they are doing. Teachers and parent have a look at the article to know how you can encourage students or your children.

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College and career readiness predictions for 2016 | SmartBlogs

College and career readiness predictions for 2016 | SmartBlogs | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

This month, SmartBlog on Education shines a light on reader trends, content roundups and expert forecasts for 2016. In the spirit of looking ahead, leaders

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There are some interesting comments here by the CEOs of companies like MyON, Insight Education Group, OdysseyWare and eGroup Learning. This is worth having on your radar when planning instruction with your classroom teachers!

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Veronica Newton's curator insight, December 29, 2015 9:09 AM

Todd Brekhus, president of myON-

I would really like to see districts shift to digital and blended models of ELA instruction and use of digital resources that provide access to everyone.

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Edutopia's Most Popular Posts of 2015

Edutopia's Most Popular Posts of 2015 | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

In 2015, Edutopians preferred posts about being more grounded and capable, taking better care of yourself, owning your power, assessing more wisely, and helping hard-to-reach kids.

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The opening paragraphs of this piece really caught my attention and I thought that we could insert "librarian" for teacher and "administrator" for student and you might just sum up how librarians feel these days. While these posts are geared toward the classroom teacher, there is much to gain for those of us in the library world with these posts. Energy and Calm. Growth Mindset. Motivating. Formative Assessment. All of these apply. Enjoy!

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Edutopia's Most Popular Videos of 2015

Edutopia's Most Popular Videos of 2015 | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

Watch a selection of our most popular videos this year, exploring student-driven learning, the best methods for assessment, and social and emotional education.

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There's something for everyone in this list. Use some of your holiday down time (is there such a thing, really?) to tune in to some of these programs. Put your feet up, grab a cup of your favorite beverage, and enjoy...

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