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Speed Dating With Books! | The Daring Librarian

Speed Dating With Books! | The Daring Librarian | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it

Via GwynethJones
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I do speed book dating with my English classes twice a year (first & last independent reads).  The desks get moved into pairs and they each have 2 minutes to make their pitch and a minute after each to give feedback.  Then one partner rotates to another desk.  They get through about 10 rounds.  While they do, I circulate and listen to each students' booktalk (I can listen in on two at a time) to assess their speaking skills and book knowledge.  It's SO much better than having one student present to the entire class, especially for the kids who are afraid of public speaking and those for whom English is a second language.  The classroom does get loud, but I always remind them to use their quiet voice and it helps.  Some kids are more aware of volume than others.

Our library does a larger version of SPD for Valentine's Day... it's a huge event at the school and it's great to see so many kids and district staff be eager to participate.

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Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, December 10, 2013 9:09 AM

Great ideas for reader engagement!

GwynethJones's comment, December 10, 2013 9:27 AM
Jennifer- Your version sounds great, too! Do you have that activity written up on a blog or wiki? I'd love to add that to the blog post under resources!
Library Staff's curator insight, February 27, 2014 6:32 PM

Works so well! Thank you Gwyneth.

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Heather Munroe-Blum, Heather Reisman, and Col. Chris Hadfield Announce the Launch of the Canadian Children's Literacy Foundation

Heather Munroe-Blum, Heather Reisman, and Col. Chris Hadfield Announce the Launch of the Canadian Children's Literacy Foundation | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
The Mission of the Canadian Children's Literacy Foundation is: To ensure that ALL Canadian children are skilled, confident readers by the time they complete grade school – thus making Canadian children the most literate in the world.
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Sask. government reverses budget cuts to libraries

Sask. government reverses budget cuts to libraries | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
The provincial government is turning back the page on its budget-day cuts to Saskatchewan's libraries.
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Neil Gaiman: One Of The Best Commencement Speeches Ever

Neil Gaiman: One Of The Best Commencement Speeches Ever | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Although Neil Gaiman never attended college, he gives one of the best commencement speeches ever. Here are the ten best points he makes.
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Records Found in Dusty Basement Undermine Decades of Dietary Advice

Records Found in Dusty Basement Undermine Decades of Dietary Advice | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Although the study is more than just another entry in the long-running nutrition wars—it is more rigorous than the vast majority of research on the topic—Ramsden makes no claims that it settles the question. Instead, he said, his discovery and analysis of long-lost data underline how the failure to publish the results of clinical trials can undermine truth.
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Print Custom Sticky Notes with Google Slides

Print Custom Sticky Notes with Google Slides | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Google Slides is a handy design tool, and you can copy my template to print
your own design on sticky notes. I've got directions, a video, and loads of
examples for you.
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Could be great for book recommendations or library memos.
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This 'Boy' Band Is Genderless, And They're Breaking Down Barriers

This 'Boy' Band Is Genderless, And They're Breaking Down Barriers | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Acrush is making fans across China swoon.
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Adulting 101

You've waited all these years to finally be an adult — no one to tell you to do your homework, clean your room, what time to be home or to eat your peas. Now what? Adulting 101 is your go-to program to learn the basics of being a responsible grown-up. Monthly programs begin in February and run through the summer. We kicked off the series with a program called Bare Essential Cooking.
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Adding “And Then The Murders Began” As The Second Sentence Of Any Book Makes It Instantly Better

Adding “And Then The Murders Began” As The Second Sentence Of Any Book Makes It Instantly Better | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Adding “And Then The Murders Began” As The Second Sentence Of Any Book Makes It Instantly Better
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I'm going to try this with my English students to get them to explore the novels in the library. 1) Find a book on the shelf 2) take a picture of the cover or title page (to collect all title and author info) 3)take a picture of the first page (to collect the first sentence) 4) put book back EXACTLY where/how you found it. Everyone has to pick at least 3 books and they can't be the same as anyone else's...I'm thinking with a class of 30 we have enough fiction shelves and displays in the library for everyone to claim a shelf, so that will prevent duplication. Then the kids will form groups and create a log of their finds (could use spreadsheets or some other app I want them to practice) and debate which 2 candidates to put forward as their best finds. Then the class will vote for the best opening line. Along the way, they'll be exposed to a bunch of titles they wouldn't have selected and have pictures of the first pages on their devices that they'll read (and will hopefully scan more than just the first line), and be discussing the value of book openings. Not sure if I'll try this after Spring Break or wait until September to use it as part of the start of year FVR setup, but it's coming:-)
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False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and Satirical “News” Sources

False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and Satirical “News” Sources | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and/or Satirical “News” Sources Some of contents of this educational resource/google document, specifically the list of potential false, misleading, clickbait-y, and/or satirical news sources, have been removed in order for it to be transferred to and expande
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Social Justice Books for Kids to Teach about Global Issues

Social Justice Books for Kids to Teach about Global Issues | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
A list of social justice books for kids. Picture books to teach about global issues and encourage activism and compassion. 
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We’ve Stopped Translating Children’s Books Into English. Where Will We Get the Next Tintin?

We’ve Stopped Translating Children’s Books Into English. Where Will We Get the Next Tintin? | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
The Little Prince, Astrid Lindgren, the Brothers Grimm, made us readers. But they came to English years ago—where’s all the stuff that’s happened since?
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A Linguistic Analysis of Trump’s Talking Style

A Linguistic Analysis of Trump’s Talking Style | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
A linguistic analysis of how Donald Trump answers a question
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Chicago man raises $11.7K for Michelle Obama mural he copied from Ethiopian art student

Chicago man raises $11.7K for Michelle Obama mural he copied from Ethiopian art student | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
In an emailed statement to As It Happens, Devins said he found the image on Pinterest, but was unable to track down the orginal artist. He says he credited Mesfin as soon as he learned the work was hers.
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Sadly, Devins misses the entire point.  If you don't know to whom the copyright belongs and therefore cannot ask permission or arrange a license fee, you do NOT have the right to use it.  Period.  You can admire it and tell others you admire it, but you can't use it. It doesn't matter if your goals are lofty, or if it's for a good cause.  You're not using the piece for satire or other protected forms of adaptation either (even the original adaptation is itself dubious if beautiful).  It doesn't matter if you give credit once you've been caught, or pay for it after the fact.  You have taken an action to fulfill your own desire without the owner's consent.  It's the height of the commercialization of art to assume that paying for it makes it right.  And it's an example of the sense of entitlement that is unfortunately made easier to exercise when paired with the absolutely lazy research skills that people think is acceptable.
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Retail Therapy: Healing From Internalized Sexism Through Shopping

Retail Therapy: Healing From Internalized Sexism Through Shopping | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
For me, after growing up in evangelical purity culture, few things have been as healing and empowering as shopping.
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This: A Story of Purpose

This: A Story of Purpose | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
I want to share an experience I had recently with one of my students, because it personifies our purpose as librarians (and it's also a really good story). He came into the library a few months ago with his English class, with the task of finding a book for a free-choice independent reading project. Aside…
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Nazis, Please Keep Your Hands off Our Jane Austen

Nazis, Please Keep Your Hands off Our Jane Austen | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
The alt-right is trying to claim Jane Austen as a representative of their beliefs.
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Global Literature in Libraries Initiative: Bridging the Translation-Reader Gap

Global Literature in Libraries Initiative: Bridging the Translation-Reader Gap | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
A fledgling cooperation between translators and librarians aims to bring more international literature to American library patrons.
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Library Extension Finds Books At Your Local Library While You Shop On Amazon

Library Extension Finds Books At Your Local Library While You Shop On Amazon | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Chrome: Amazon may be convenient, but nothing beats free. So, when you’re shopping for books on the site, Library Extension will find those same books at your local library. You can even drive to pick them up faster than Amazon can ship them.
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DIY Feminist Cybersecurity

DIY Feminist Cybersecurity | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
A super accessible DIY guide for feminists, activists, and friends to take control of their digital spaces.
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Literacy, Technology, Policy, Etc....A Blog: One Google Doc All Year Long: The English Journal

Literacy, Technology, Policy, Etc....A Blog: One Google Doc All Year Long: The English Journal | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
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Finally, There's a Comic Book Store for the Blind | VICE | United States

Comics Empower sells and makes in-house audio adaptations of comic books for the blind and visually impaired.
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