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Does a full-time school librarian make a critical difference ... more evidence

Does a full-time school librarian make a critical difference ... more evidence | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

Simply put, students suffer when they don’t have adequate resources—and, in particular, we’ve found that student achievement suffers when schools lack libraries that are staffed by full-time librarians. “Nearly every public school in Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties has a library with certified staff, which has been proven to increase student reading and comprehension,” notes Kintisch. “In contrast, most public schools in Philadelphia do not employ a certified librarian, and more than 140 do not have a library.”


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We need to keep reading to keep learning in life.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, March 9, 2013 1:35 AM

Essential findings and commentary on this important issue for each school community.

Anita Vance's curator insight, April 15, 2013 3:14 PM

There is a definite need for guidance - finding the right material for the most effective learning does not "just happen".  So many schools are losing the advantages they could give struggling learners by opting to lessen or eliminate certified librarian positions.

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Transparency is the new fierce « NeverEndingSearch

Transparency is the new fierce « NeverEndingSearch | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

Joyce concludes with:"We are all about openness, communication, and accountability. At a time when we need to world to recognize our contribution to learning, we must be transparent. It should be our culture.  Let’s make 2012 a year to be both fierce and transparent."

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Evolution of Storytelling | Visual.ly

Evolution of Storytelling | Visual.ly | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

Evolution of storytelling created for iversity.com.

Origins of storytellingAncient Egyptian storiesAncient Greek poetsShadowplay in AsiaTroubadoursPrinting pressShakespeare's playsMovies & radioGolden age of tvInternetTransmedia storytellingAlternate reality games
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Claude Emond's curator insight, April 5, 8:11 AM

Good story told on this infographic. For those leaders who know that nothing beats telling a good story :)

Marta Torán's curator insight, April 6, 5:56 AM

Genial!

Clare Treloar's curator insight, April 10, 6:04 PM

Another interesting infographic

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Celebrate Australia Day!

Celebrate Australia Day! | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it
Each year, when school returns we are immediately plunged into Australia Day celebrations – and at such a busy time of the year!
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An example of how a press release by specialist support staff (egTLs) can help teachers locate and select digital learning objects.

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16 Strategies For Integrating The Habits of Mind In The Classroom - TeachThought

16 Strategies For Integrating The Habits of Mind In The Classroom - TeachThought | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

"In outcomes-based learning environments, we generally see three elements in play: 1) learning objectives or targets are created from given standards; 2) instruction of some kind is given; and then 3) learning results are assessed. These assessments offer data to inform the revision of further planned instruction. Rinse and repeat.

But lost in this clinical sequence are the Habits of Mind that (often predictably) lead to success or failure in the mastery of given standards. In fact, it is not in the standards or assessments, but rather these personal habits where success or failure — in academic terms — actually begin."

 


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A reminder that the Habits of Mind as so important to all else - attitude!

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The Adventures of Library Girl: Joyce's Story: The Ending Is Up To You

The Adventures of Library Girl: Joyce's Story: The Ending Is Up To You | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

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Agreed - we need to busy - being significant!

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, December 21, 2013 8:39 AM

Time to do something about it?

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, December 23, 2013 9:44 PM

Evaluate your own library program. How does it measure up?

Lourense Das's curator insight, December 27, 2013 9:51 AM

If every school library looked like what Joyce Valenza is describing, our profession would not be on the endangered species list.

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8 Lessons Great Teachers Accept - TeachThought

8 Lessons Great Teachers Accept - TeachThought | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it
What do great teachers do differently? Here are 8 Lessons Great Teachers Accept, from TeachThought.

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Critical Search Skills Students Should Know

Critical Search Skills Students Should Know | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it
There is a new digital divide on the horizon. It is not based around who has devices and who does not, but instead the new digital divide will be based around students who know how to effectively find and curate information and those who do not.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, October 23, 2013 3:35 AM

We need to be teaching advanced search skills.

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The librarian edge: Title talk: Librarian + What? Teacher? Facilitator? Curriculum Leader?

The librarian edge: Title talk: Librarian + What? Teacher? Facilitator? Curriculum Leader? | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

Where did the teaching go?  It's still in there, but shifted - from direct to indirect - while retaining learning as the priority.


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and now a change in the application process too . . .

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, October 17, 2013 4:53 PM

Changing titles ... changing roles ... the dynamics of school libraries.

Connie Wise's curator insight, October 22, 2013 4:21 PM

What is your library job description?

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2013 Australian School Library Survey - Softlink

2013 Australian School Library Survey - Softlink | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

"2013 Australian School Library Survey - Key findings link school library resourcing to literacy.   You can download the full 27 page report of the 2013 school library survey from http://www.softlinkint.com/2013-australian-school-library-survey-schools/ ; "


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Contributing your school's stats helps get numbers behind the supporting evidence. 

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Tricia Adams's curator insight, October 22, 2013 1:06 PM
Yes - it's so obvious it's criminal we have to keep on saying this. Great piece of practical reesearch
Dianne lane's comment, October 22, 2013 11:14 PM
Great to see the importance of recreational reading is still highly regarded.
Bookmarking Librarian's curator insight, January 14, 1:06 AM

Advocacy for school libraries

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information fluency home

information fluency home | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it
Information Fluency is the ability to locate digital information efficiently, evaluate it effectively and use it ethically.
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That all adds up to 'Literacy'

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Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it
A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens
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Lucis explaination for why we need libraries and stories.

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Smart Strategies That Help Students Learn How to Learn

Smart Strategies That Help Students Learn How to Learn | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it
What’s the key to effective learning? One intriguing body of research suggests a rather riddle-like answer: It’s not just what you know. It’s what you know about what you know.

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Worth repeating: the processes are more important than the content!

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, October 9, 2013 1:35 PM

A great, succinct set of guidelines.

Lynne Stone's curator insight, November 6, 2013 12:10 AM

This underlines the importance of good teaching to build student capacity to learn and use what they have learned.

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10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking

10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it
10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking

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Couple of games to try  with added benefits

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Rudi Permana's curator insight, October 3, 2013 10:04 AM

Sometimes we often forget to take lessons from the process (playing the game) or experience (in the real life)  that we've been through.

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School Libraries | State of America's Libraries Report 2014

School Libraries | State of America's Libraries Report 2014 | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it
The School Libraries section of the 2014 State of America's Libraries Report provides an overview of the top school library trends of the past year.
School libraries are at a critical point: Budget and testing pressures have led to decisions to eliminate or deprofessionalize school libraries, but the increased emphasis on college and career readiness and the integration of technology makes them more critical than ever. School librarians’ collaboration with other educators is key to literacy and imlementation of Common Core State Standards. The American Library Association (ALA) is undertaking an advocacy campaign for school libraries that sets goals in five critical areas.

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Lourense Das's curator insight, April 16, 10:12 AM

Overview of situation US School Libraries. Barbara Stripling's focus points are worth while to consider

Sandra Sawyer McLeroy's curator insight, April 16, 10:45 AM

Good read.

Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, April 17, 4:12 AM

Muitos exames sobrepostos não substituem uma boa escola, e não há boas escolas que não exijam boas bibliotecas. "Budget and testing pressures have led to decisions to eliminate or deprofessionalize school libraries, but the increased emphasis on college and career readiness and the integration of technology makes them more critical than ever. School librarians’ collaboration with other educators is key to literacy and imlementation of Common Core State Standards." 

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10 changes a school library must consider in the digital era

10 changes a school library must consider in the digital era | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it
How can a school library support an increasingly digital education? Learn about these 10 changes to keep up with the digital transition.

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All based on collected data in your specific location and then adapting1 As stated in the article: “Do you see what these 10 changes spell? USERS ADAPT,” concluded Luhtala. “And that’s what today’s library is all about: adapting.”
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Ann Ewel's curator insight, March 12, 1:21 PM

Thought provoking list -- I don't think I am going to get rid of my office or all my bookcases -- but we are making changes too.

 

Jan Watts's curator insight, March 16, 7:53 PM

Are you working hard to align your library practice with the digitally-supported learning that is happening in your school?  This post makes some sensible suggestions.....

Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 29, 5:09 PM

Our library needs a librarian first!

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The Adventures of Library Girl: Keeping Your Library Collection Smelling F.R.E.S.H!

The Adventures of Library Girl: Keeping Your Library Collection Smelling F.R.E.S.H! | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

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gwynethjones's curator insight, December 15, 2013 2:56 PM

More brilliance from the awesome Library Girl!

Debbie Smiloff De Louise's curator insight, December 16, 2013 5:46 AM

Nice weeding tips

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, December 16, 2013 10:47 AM

Nice new acronym for weeding your collection.

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How To Make Students Better Online Researchers | Fluency21 ...

How To Make Students Better Online Researchers | Fluency21 ... | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it
“This article written by Sahiba Pahwa and published on EdTechReview offers up a practical strategy for developing Information Fluency skills in students, specifically in regards to researching online.
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Usual suggestions, with useful links.

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Digital Survival

Digital Survival | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it
Addressing digital citizenship with the “Digital Citizenship Survival Kit”.  GUEST COLUMN | by Craig Badura It's a simple little prop I use when teaching Digital Citizenship to our pK-12 Aurora Hus...

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Worth a try - with a few changes I have in mind.

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Miep Carstensen's curator insight, October 25, 2013 4:42 PM

Yes, bringing abstract into a tactile context learners can relate to.

Benjamin Carmel's curator insight, November 13, 2013 1:33 PM

This "survival kit" is equally applicable for adult learners. Fun, and funny.

Marji Gibbs's curator insight, December 18, 2013 7:20 AM

Creative visual props to discuss digital citizenship

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27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding

27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it
27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding

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Let the student choose one to do for you!

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, November 12, 2013 3:44 PM

A great graphic to have on display

Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, November 13, 2013 9:44 AM

A great listing to remember!

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Why have School Librarians? | Teen Librarian

Why have School Librarians? | Teen Librarian | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

This leaflet has been produced by the School Libraries Group of CILIP for all current and potential stakeholders (including parents, governors, teachers and students) in schools.


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Basic advocacy in a leaflet! 

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, October 21, 2013 4:39 PM

The leaflet outlines what a professional School Librarian, and the Library service they lead, will provide to pupils and the whole school community and why that is important.

Ann Ewel's curator insight, October 23, 2013 4:41 PM

Advocating for our libraries is essential and we need to remember not to be too busy to do it!

Tina Jameson's curator insight, October 24, 2013 6:35 PM

Why do we need librarians?  This booklet clearly directs the reader to consider whether their school library meets certain essential goals.

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Position Statement on the School Librarian's Role in Reading | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Position Statement on the School Librarian's Role in Reading | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it
So true!! - Position Statement on the School Librarian's Role in Reading http://t.co/y0CZBiIZpo
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Reinforces all the 'facets' of he TL role throughout the world!

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Pew Study: Teens Still Love Print Media, ‘Traditional’ Library Services | School Library Journal

Pew Study: Teens Still Love Print Media, ‘Traditional’ Library Services | School Library Journal | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

"Younger adults are also more likely than older adults to use libraries as quiet study spaces, and are just as likely as older adults to have visited libraries, borrowed print books, and browsed the stacks."


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Print material is still so important!

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Keith Koehler's comment, September 8, 2013 8:35 PM
Thank you LN. I am working on my advocacy class and your site has some great links. Hope you have a great school year.
Glenda Morris's curator insight, October 16, 2013 9:30 PM

Students still enjoy the print collections

Joanne Schenkel's curator insight, November 2, 2013 10:29 PM

Yes! My year 7 students expressed the same view last week. They prefer to interact with paper books and love the fact that I can guide them to find a book which is a "perfect fit". Many students said they would then use the recommendations from their classmates, particularly those with whom I'd encouraged to try a new author or series.

 

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School Librarians Must Be Assertive Leaders, Technology Experts | SLJ Summit 2013

School Librarians Must Be Assertive Leaders, Technology Experts | SLJ Summit 2013 | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it
School librarians must be assertive leaders and technology experts, Joel Castro, associate superintendent for the Lubbock, Texas, School District, told attendees at SLJ's annual Leadership Summit in Austin in September.

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Tricia Adams's curator insight, October 17, 2013 10:26 AM

This applies equally in the UK as in the US

Lourense Das's curator insight, October 18, 2013 2:19 PM

School librarians as assertive leaders. Nice invitation to work on our competencies ;-)

Sandra Sawyer McLeroy's curator insight, October 18, 2013 3:50 PM

He was an awesome speaker AND his wife is a librarian! He knows what he is talking about.

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Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read

Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it
Click above to view full image! Any book lover can tell you: diving into a great novel is an immersive experience that can make your brain come alive with imagery and emotions and even turn on your senses.

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sarah's curator insight, October 27, 2013 7:08 AM

intéressant

Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, October 27, 2013 4:07 PM

Educators have long told us that reading expands our minds. Here are some of the specific ways in which they do so.

Carol Rine's curator insight, October 29, 2013 7:54 AM

This is a GREAT article that has lots of embedded cross-linked articles within it.  :O)

 

Carol

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Six Steps for Planning a Successful Project

Six Steps for Planning a Successful Project | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it

"David Grant, who guides the Portland school's technology integration and curriculum development, has put together a six-step rubric for designing a project."

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Worth reading the comments frm experienced teachers.  Interesting to note that - 

Tech learning was scaffolded out so students weren't learning the technology at the same time they were creating their individual final products and the CD-ROM.
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10 Web Resources To Help Teach About Primary Sources

10 Web Resources To Help Teach About Primary Sources | Teaching through Libraries | Scoop.it
Wondering how to get your students to use and analyze primary sources instead of their beloved Wikipedia? Here are some great resources for primary sources.

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American examples in focus - there are Australian ones to identify too.

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rwestby's curator insight, October 4, 2013 7:36 PM

Not just for kids. Great for everyone. 

K'Ailene M. McGlothen's curator insight, October 5, 2013 3:36 PM

These are great web resources for teaching your students about locating primary sources.