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How Cross-Cultural Dialogue Builds Critical Thinking and Empathy

How Cross-Cultural Dialogue Builds Critical Thinking and Empathy | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Generation Global helps students build empathy for those in different cultures by engaging in dialogue about their experiences. The goal is to make the exotic
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Cross-cultural dialogue. Critical thinking. Empathy. Here are three things that have been sorely missed in our national conversation these past few months so the article title caught my eye. This is an excellent point of collaboration between the classroom teacher and the school librarian. Especially if there are different "zones" within the library that have been set up for large group, small group, and individual learning. The school library can also work with the classroom teacher to design instructional activities that include books from many different perspectives that can help our students think outside of their own communities and be challenged with a broader world view. While this particular article is focused on the Generation Global program, the fundamentals could be used as a basis for your own design in your own school. Enjoy!
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How to Help Students Develop a Love of Reading

How to Help Students Develop a Love of Reading | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Parents have several tools to enable kids to develop a love of reading books, including not being controlling over what kids read.
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I read this article closely and, if my count is correct, the word "librarian" is only mentioned once. Don't take that to mean this isn't well-written and worth your time to read! The suggestions are solid and the author brings up some excellent points about reading and how we can support readers. I firmly believe that if we truly want to shift this trend then we need to address the issue of disappearing librarians and underfunded libraries.
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Strategies to Help Students ‘Go Deep’ When Reading Digitally

Strategies to Help Students ‘Go Deep’ When Reading Digitally | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Teachers are finding that when they explicitly teach deep reading strategies geared to digital media, students can access and comprehend complex texts.
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This would be a great article to share with your classroom teachers who worry that reading in the digital world does not engage deep learning. There are those (and I am one) who say it is important to TEACH a child to read in print and then move on to digital later. This article might argue with that point; instead it talks about how to teach students to read digitally - and it is different. The thing to remember here is that digital reading is here to stay. Unless we find ourselves in a post-apocalyptic world without electricity and devices I think we can agree that reading digitally is just going to become more ubiquitous. That said, it is the TEACHING that is important - not the format or the device. As the author states: "to be a good teacher who uses technology, a person must first be a good teacher. Technology won’t repair those gaps." And that is the truth.
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Martha Bongiorno's curator insight, October 18, 2016 9:14 AM
Thoughtfully reading digital print is crucial to our ever increasing digital world as is reading print. This is an excellent article on the value on teaching how to read deeper with digital text.
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Everything Teachers Need to Flip Their Classrooms

Everything Teachers Need to Flip Their Classrooms | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Flipped learning or Flipped classroom or is a methodology, an approach to learning in which technology is employed to reverse th
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I love the table that gives you categories and their corresponding resources. This would be a great site to bring up when you visit a teacher's planning meeting to help teachers get started - or improve - their flipped classroom models. At the end of the table is a list of video tutorials that will help newbies get started with the flipped model. For some, this is old news but if you're bringing teachers along and you have some that are not yet comfortable with this instructional method, this is a great starting point!
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Self-Censorship | School Library Journal

Self-Censorship | School Library Journal | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
More than nine out of ten elementary and middle school librarians have not bought a book recently because of the potential for controversy. That’s just one finding from SLJ’s 2016 Controversial Books Survey, which addresses self-censorship and updates our landmark 2008 self-censorship survey. An invitation to participate in the 2016 study was emailed to a random sampling of school librarians serving all K–12, and respondents were assured that their answers would remain anonymous. 573 U.S.–based school librarians participated.
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Since I mentioned SLJ in my last post it seemed appropriate to share the link to the article. I think Emily Knox's article and this one need to be read (and reflected upon) together. 
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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 -

28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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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20 Guiding Questions To Develop A Digital Literacy Plan -

20 Guiding Questions To Develop A Digital Literacy Plan - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
20 Guiding Questions To Develop A Digital Literacy Plan https://t.co/Ckl6q9wlUw vía @teachthought
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This is another thought-provoking article from our friends at TeachThought. Having just talked about the importance of using essential questions for self-assessment, this article really spoke to where my focus is these days. How many of us actually have a fully fleshed-out digital literacy plan? If you don't, these are some fantastic questions to start with. If you do, these are great questions to apply to your program to make sure you're on the right path and using the right tools to help you on your way. This one is worth printing and keeping - better yet, share it with your content teachers and  your administrators to start a conversation!
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Martha Bongiorno's curator insight, November 8, 2016 11:18 AM
Thoughtful questions to consider when designing our digital literacy plan...
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Launching a Makerspace: Lessons Learned From a Transformed School Library | Mackin TYSL

Launching a Makerspace: Lessons Learned From a Transformed School Library | Mackin TYSL | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
A Mackin Educational Resources initiative which has gathered a fully engaged assemblage of professionals who will actively be supporting the role of the librarian as the library and the librarians focus transitions to meet the educational...
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Excellent article by Katrina Schwartz for anyone interested in the Maker Space phenomenon! From space design to getting started to resulting student creations - this one is worth the read!
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Martha Bongiorno's curator insight, November 1, 2016 8:25 AM
Great insight into starting a MakerSpace. As someone who began one in middle school and attempting to do so at elementary level, this is spot on.
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Student Voice in Your Learning Space: Here’s How (And Why)

Student Voice in Your Learning Space: Here’s How (And Why) | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
We share evidence and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower you to improve K-12 education.
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With all the talk about personalized learning and redesigning spaces, this article is a breath of fresh, energizing air. Why? Because the author talks about how important it is to involve the learners in the design decisions. Also because, as the author states, "The students, conditioned to comply since kindergarten, are asked for their opinion (usually for the first time.) They transform into animated and descriptive collaborators." How about THAT? How have you involved your students in the design and structure of your library? Try the process outlined in this article with your own "designers" - after all, the space is for them isn't it? Enjoy!
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Everyone Is A Novice With Technology -

Everyone Is A Novice With Technology - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
I am a novice with technology! Are you? #growthmindset #continuallearning https://t.co/rVEMeRcZBz
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This is one of those articles that you'll want to spend a little time with. As things change so rapidly it is refreshing to see someone acknowledge that you can no longer truly be an expert - it changes too quickly. To me, this is something to keep in mind as you're trying to pull someone along the spectrum to integrated use of technology. It is never a good plan to make someone feel less competent or to somehow belittle them for not being further along - because tomorrow you may be the one being pulled by someone much further along than you, right? My favorite line in the whole article is this: Technology isn’t a thing or a way, but a context. 
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Banned Books Are Often Diverse Books. Check the Stats.

Banned Books Are Often Diverse Books. Check the Stats. | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Twenty-nine books on ALA’s top 10 challenged books lists from 2001–2015 have diverse content.
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This article by Emily Knox is very enlightening and I truly wish I'd been surprised by her findings. This article goes hand-in-hand with the SLJ report on self-censoring that is going on in libraries who serve children. Very thought-provoking and ideas well worth reflecting upon as we develop our collections. 
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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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