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Q & A: James Patterson Talks About Upcoming Webcast and How Literacy Saves Lives

Q & A: James Patterson Talks About Upcoming Webcast and How Literacy Saves Lives | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
NBA superstar Dwyane Wade and NYT bestselling author James Patterson join forces for their second webcast about literacy released April 24.
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Check this out, library peeps! Should be a good show to tune into on April 24th. 

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Helping the Reluctant Reader

Helping the Reluctant Reader | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Students in the age of digital screens often face significant reading challenges. A library’s large print collection can be instrumental in helping them change their habits for the better.
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This is a must-read for school librarians of any grade level. The suggestion - provide large print books - is so simple that I'm sure it is one that is largely (no pun intended) overlooked. I have long believed that the distraction of the digital "page" is a detriment to emerging readers and, according to this article, my suspicions have been borne out by research. The author notes that "for long-form content, brain researchers and a 2014 survey study indicate that those who read printed books have better content retention and empathy levels than those who do so on a screen." This is important information when collaborating with your early grade teachers, of course, but also when you're trying to reach those middle and high school non-readers. The article includes links to resources for further reading - read it.
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28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies -

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28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies https://t.co/5DlHFl1NlQ via @teachthought
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I love that the folks at TeachThought shared one of Mia MacMeekin's fabulous infographics - this one all about student-centered instructional methods. Shifting the instruction from teacher/curriculum-centered to student-centered is much harder than you might think. It requires an ability of the teacher to let go a little bit but it (as the article states) shortens the distance from student to understanding. If I were still in a building library, I would print this poster-sized and check them off. Better yet, use it to set your SMART goals for the year by shifting at least one collaborative learning unit to a student-centered approach. Share this with your teachers!
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Five Ways to Ensure Real Learning Happens in Maker-Enhanced Projects

Five Ways to Ensure Real Learning Happens in Maker-Enhanced Projects | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Maker education is a great way to get kids engaged with solving problems and creating elegant solutions, but if teachers don't clearly tie class projects to
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This seems so simple yet that's what I love about it! Make projects specifically connect to curriculum, balance clear expectations with open-ended problems, assess process alongside content, anticipate skills & design scaffolds, and transfer the accountability to the students. This is one you'll want to share with teachers and administrators who want the "why!"
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Teen Creates App So Bullied Kids Never Have To Eat Alone

Teen Creates App So Bullied Kids Never Have To Eat Alone | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Natalie Hampton knows what it's like to have no one to sit with during school lunch. So she created Sit With Us, an app that helps kids find friendly harbors in the crowd.
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This is real-world application of technology skills at its very finest!
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Ten Contenders Make the 2016 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature

Ten Contenders Make the 2016 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The titles represent diverse voices and writing styles, addressing issues such as first love, violence in the home, sexual identity, immigration, interracial dating, social activism, and the effects of war on children.
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This is an excellent list of books featuring authors we have come to love. Share this with your ELA teachers and library colleagues since these are going to be titles to watch!
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What the Heck is Inquiry-Based Learning?

What the Heck is Inquiry-Based Learning? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Teachers use inquiry-based learning to combat the “dunno” -- a chronic problem in student engagement. Check out these four steps for creating inquiry-based curriculum.
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We have all heard that Inquiry-Based Learning is a way to ignite curiosity, improve engagement, and generating excitement about learning. But...how do we do it? Is it as simple as asking the right questions or is there more to it? This article gives you some concrete steps to creating an Inquiry Based classroom - and, let's face it, the library is the ORIGINAL Inquiry-Based classroom, right? How do YOU model curiosity? What driving questions can YOU come up with?
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Cheap (Yet Valuable) Learning Space Redesign

Cheap (Yet Valuable) Learning Space Redesign | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Rethink classroom and campus spaces, recycle and upcycle materials, tap student ingenuity, attract charitable donors -- and remake and revitalize your school without breaking the bank.
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So often when I talk to librarians about updating their spaces the first barrier that enters the conversation is MONEY. With a little creative thinking, a DIY attitude, and some ingenuity, you can redesign your library space using the ideas in this article.So, go ahead and channel MacGyver and reimagine YOUR library!
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How to Take Digital Citizenship Schoolwide During the 2016 17 School Year (EdSurge News)

How to Take Digital Citizenship Schoolwide During the 2016 17 School Year (EdSurge News) | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Since our students are using technology to play, learn, and communicate while at home and at school, they should be learning how to use that technology responsibly.
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Great ideas here for a Digital Citizenship framework for your school. Share this article with your teachers and then make sure they know this is YOUR domain of expertise and offer up a collaborative partnership for delivery! Enjoy!
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How to Bring Digital Literacy to Your Library

How to Bring Digital Literacy to Your Library | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Over the last few years the library world has been buzzing about programming in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and coding, the new digital literacy. For many librarians like mysel…
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This is short and sweet but full of great examples for bringing STEM/STEAM activities into your library! I have often heard librarians lament about not being able to bring in math teachers to the collaborative process or not really knowing how to support math curriculum in the library. Check out this article and then go visit those planning meetings!
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25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching Critical Thinking -

25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching Critical Thinking - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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The post 25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching Critical Thinking appeared first on TeachThought.
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This is a resource you'll want to bookmark for future reference. With all the talk about critical thinking as part of the 4 Cs and how important it is in the development of a well-rounded student, how often do we really apply the principals to instructional planning? Isn't it just a whole lot easier to assign cut-and-paste research projects? Isn't it more effective to use scripted lessons for instructional delivery so everyone gets the same message? Isn't it better for grading to come up with a worksheet or multiple-choice test to remove subjectivity from the grading process? Well, maybe for the adults in the building but I would say "no" for the students. It might take some convincing, though, so have these resources handy when you're planning with your classroom teachers or delivering PD to your school. BTW: I love the opening quote about what it means to "think critically." Maybe that's been the issue all along...
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How Can Schools Prioritize For The Best Ways Kids Learn?

How Can Schools Prioritize For The Best Ways Kids Learn? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Educator and consultant Will Richardson says it's time to change our internal working models about what education should be and focus around the question: "How
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This article is wonderful and asks us to think about what we're REALLY doing in education today. Yes, we know how kids learn but are we providing the best possible facilitation of that process? If we're honest, the answer is "no." School is designed to work for the adults in the building but don't necessarily provide the kind of environment where curiosity and play drive learning. I'm going to stick my neck out and say that, while we have a long way to go, libraries can be key to this kind of learning environment. If we've stepped out from behind the circulation desk we know that providing resources for a student to explore their passions, personalizing learning by giving students choices, and being a guide towards information (rather than simply delivering information) then we've already created the kind of environment discussed in this article. What else can you do to provide a model for a more student-centered school? How can you lead from the library? It's time to stop thinking that technology is going to be the game changer. WE are the game-changers! Enjoy.
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Library Media Tech Talk: Four Ways To Lead From The School Library

Library Media Tech Talk: Four Ways To Lead From The School Library | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
4 ways to lead from the school library: https://t.co/VVnjO0zOql #txlchat #edchat #StonyStories
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This won't be new information for seasoned librarians but if you're new to the field OR new to a school this year, it's definitely worth a read. The basics of building relationships, an attitude of service, collaboration, and listening to your community are covered here. This is a good one to get you thinking about how to start this school year off on a positive note and to LEAD from your Library! Enjoy!
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Makerspaces and Equal Access to Learning

Makerspaces and Equal Access to Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Makerspaces can democratize learning, create a culture of participation, allow for teaching with visual cues, offer thematic planning opportunities, and facilitate differentiated instruction.
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Every library media specialist thinking about creating (or improving) a makerspace in their library/learning commons should read this article. I love the way the author breaks down how the program creates equity, low barriers of entry, and the democratization of learning. Every child, every day - with careful planning every student in your school, regardless of language ability, learning ability, reading ability, or any "other-ness" can participate and find success in open-ended problem solving. This is the article you will want in your head when talking to an administrator for getting started. This is the article you want in your head when talking to teachers about allowing visitation. This is a MUST read!
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6 Must Read Books On The Science of Learning

6 Must Read Books On The Science of Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Learning is a complex cognitive phenomena that has been and is still the central theme of a wide variety of scientific studies. Th
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I want to read them all...
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8 Reflective Questions To Help Any Student Think About Their Learning -

8 Reflective Questions To Help Any Student Think About Their Learning - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Put students back in the center of the learning process with metacognition, prediction, and reflection. https://t.co/42TdMg3iDb
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What surprised you today? What's the most important thing you learned today? When were you most creative today? These are just three of the 8 questions posed in this article to prompt our students to reflect on their learning. My biggest take-away from the article is in this sentence: Why the brain actually benefits from reflection is a matter of neurology, but the extensive research is clear: Prediction, reflection, and metacognition are pillars for the thoughtful classroom. These questions could be used in any classroom, any subject, and any age group. If we are truly committed to the idea that education is teaching a child HOW to think rather than WHAT to think, these questions go a long way towards that goal. From KQED/TeachThought.
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The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools

The Trends and Challenges Shaping Technology Adoption In Schools | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The trends and challenges that shape the landscape of education technology are just as important as the technologies themselves.
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This article is well worth your time to read as it focuses on trends of which we need to be aware as well as some of the challenges and how we're addressing them. I love seeing makerspaces, redesigned learning spaces, and coding as a literacy mentioned as important to educators and feel strongly that this is at least one area where librarians have really taken the lead. I think there is a lot of room for library leadership in the challenges of authentic learning experiences, re-thinking the roles of teachers, and advancing digital equity, too. How do you think YOU will address these challenges with YOUR library program?
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Don’t Leave Learning Up to Chance: Framing and Reflection

Don’t Leave Learning Up to Chance: Framing and Reflection | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
When educators take the time to explicitly frame the maker activities and build meaningful reflection in at the end, they're helping to ensure kids are reaching
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This is another excellent article from the folks at KQED/MindShift about framing and reflection with regards to maker activities. So many times I hear librarians wondering how to truly integrate a makerspace into curriculum and this article will give you some great tools to frame your own practice as well as provide a good starting point for that conversation with classroom teachers. You'll get a lot out of this one!
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Connect With Your Principal | Take the Lead

Connect With Your Principal | Take the Lead | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
When you have the ear of an administrator, use your time well. Here’s how.
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This is short and to the point but well worth your time to read. From my Lilead Fellow David Blattner!
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The Role of Metacognition in Learning and Achievement

The Role of Metacognition in Learning and Achievement | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Learning how to think about thinking can help students develop strategies for solving problems and understand tasks at hand.
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Wow... this article is one to which I will refer back often. And, as those of you who read my posts already know, I immediately put this in the context of the school library. If the school is the "mind" then the school library is its metacognitive process. The library is where the transfer of competencies occurs - especially in those libraries where makerspaces have moved in to allow students to think about their thinking as they solve problems. If, as this article states, "transfer is the ultimate goal of all education" then the library is a vital piece of the puzzle that makes it all fit together. Read this article then think about how YOUR library supports the competencies that learners need to succeed. And then make sure your administration and your teachers know how you do it, too. Enjoy!
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How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher

How to Become and Remain a Transformational Teacher | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Transformational teachers share best practices, build mentoring relationships, observe their peers, keep things fresh, model their subject's usefulness, and demonstrate caring beyond what they teach.
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As is so often the case, this article speaks to teachers and classrooms but the implications for school libraries can't be ignored. Some of the traits outlined here are natural components of a quality school library program: constantly sharing best practices, changing things up, and modeling the usefulness of what you teach. That said, being a transformational librarian is essential to remaining a relevant part of the educational landscape. If there's a non-effective math teacher in the school, no one says, "Let's just get rid of math!" But insert "librarian" in that same scenario and you end up with paraprofessionals or volunteers running a circulation program in a room full of outdated resources. How are YOU transformational? And... how do you sustain it?
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Why Pedagogy First, Tech Second Stance is Key to the Future

Why Pedagogy First, Tech Second Stance is Key to the Future | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
As districts across the country purchase technology at a feverish pace, they must ensure they have a solid implementation plan.
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This is an excellent article to get you thinking about how technology is being integrated in your school. Whether your district is 1:1 or BYOT or some hybrid of the two, the overarching question is: what is the pedagogical purpose of the technology? How does it improve student outcomes? How do we leverage the technology for critical thinking, higher order thinking, and higher levels of achievement and/or learning? My favorite line in the article is this one: "As educators we need to place a great deal of emphasis on creating artifacts to demonstrate conceptual mastery in one-on-one and BYOD environments." What are YOU using as your artifact(s)? How do you SHOW that technology has been integrated with a "pedagogy first" process? 
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Design Thinking and the Deskless Classroom

Design Thinking and the Deskless Classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Use design thinking (brainstorming, prototyping, testing, building, and reflecting) to co-create your classroom environment with the students who will be learning in it.
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As is often the case, this article is written by a classroom teacher about her classroom experience but there are some powerful things being said that correlates to librarians and libraries. What if you changed up your orientation and had students help you organize/design the space? What would that look like in a library? How would students accessorize your shelves or the walls or other displays? Design-thinking strategies can be an excellent way to give students a voice in their learning space, help them with teamwork, and get them to think about how they learn. How can YOU use design-thinking in your library?
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New Collaboration Eases Path to ESSA Implementation

New Collaboration Eases Path to ESSA Implementation | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Rosen Publishing and EveryLibrary are doing pro-bono consulting to state level school library stakeholders for ESSA implementation planning

 
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This is a golden opportunity with a very small open window. Get connected with your state library association (GLMA in Georgia) and find out how YOU can be a part of ensuring strong school library programs as noted in ESSA. Look, don't think someone else is going to do this for you. I remember well when Georgia libraries lost their expenditure controls there were folks that wrung their hands wondering how it happened when, in fact, the media blitz begging for people to add their voice to the call for library funding was largely unanswered by the very people the new law affected. If you believe in the power of library to transform students' educational experiences then you need to be a part of this process. This is our moment.
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Ten ways to Ditch that Reading Log

Ten ways to Ditch that Reading Log | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
When you read for pleasure do you record the date and pages read on a worksheet? How does this activity make reading more enjoyable? On this relaxing afternoon, sharing a hammock and a lov
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I love the ideas shared in this article! For librarians, if you haven't already thought of some of these, it would be a great conversation starter with a teacher getting ready to start a class novel or assign that reading log. How can the library support moving away from reading logs? How can the library support these alternatives to the reading log? Here's to a world where reading logs disappear!
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Using Space To Influence Thinking -

Using Space To Influence Thinking - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
#learningspaces #learning #thinking #education #innovation @TeachThought https://t.co/20AVlRmrqL
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If you're thinking about how the design and configuration of your library influences learning, this is the article you want to read. No, it's not talking about libraries specifically but it is talking about how the space follows function. There is a messy area for lab work, a thinking area for research, and a performance area for presenting information to classmates and facilitators (teachers). There is so much more to the article than that so take a look and see how it applies to what YOU want to do with your library space and how YOU can create learning zones that impact student learning!
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