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What Is The Purpose Of A Question?

What Is The Purpose Of A Question? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
What Is The Purpose Of A Question? by Terry Heick What’s the difference between a good question and a bad question? It depends, of course, on who you’re asking. But it also depends on both abstraction (i.e., the concept of ‘good’ and ‘bad’) and function (i.e., purpose). You can’t, for example, measure the ‘quality’ of a […]
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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:
I love this article by TeachThought's Terry Heick. If you only get as far as the Venn diagram you'll understand why but I urge you to go further. The concept of "good" vs. "bad" questions has implications for more than just our students. If you're a school leader - classroom, library, or admin - are you asking good questions? By that I mean, do your questions lead to clarifications, deeper thinking, and more (better) questions or are they shutting someone down, causing doubt, or breeding uncertainty? We all know the difference in being questioned for  understanding and being interrogated. Read it for understanding of the inquiry process but also read it for understanding of your leadership style. Read it also for how it develops you (the librarian) in your quest to find the right resource at the right time for your patrons.
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, March 12, 2:48 AM
Really important to understand. If you don't have a good question your research falls at the first hurdle! 
 
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Never Too Old: Embracing Picture Books To Teach Older Students

Never Too Old: Embracing Picture Books To Teach Older Students | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Traditional picture books provide versatile, effective teaching tools for a range of students.
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I have long held the belief that picture books were powerful tools for introducing topics or units of study and building engagement with older students. This article goes through some of the reasons why and the ways that students can be impacted by the use of picture books in the higher grades. Low entry, vocabulary support for language learners, and bringing out emotional subtleties with illustrations are all strong reasons to bring out the picture books. Isn't that why many of us call that section "Everybody" rather than "Easy?" This would be an interesting article to share with MS and HS teachers as a way to integrate the librarian into the classroom!
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Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing

Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
A rigorous intervention pushes students who might be satisfied with a D to aim higher.
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When I owned a horse and worked with a trainer I remember him telling me that the way to train a horse to listen to cues and respond properly was to make it easy to do the right thing and hard to do the wrong thing. It made total sense and, lo and behold, it worked! I love the way Angela Campbell applies this principle to students (who can be just as stubborn and dug in as a horse who doesn't want to walk on...). The point is she figured out a way to make students WANT to learn challenging material through setting clear and manageable objectives, providing guided practice and plenty of prep for the summative assessment, and opportunities to improve the score in a way that challenges without shutting down. I think this would be an excellent blog post to share with teachers when you begin a collaborative journey together - when you (the librarian) make it easy to do the right thing (collaborate) then teachers WANT to make it happen and students win. Enjoy!
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Encoding Literacy in Computer Science

Encoding Literacy in Computer Science | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
An instructional coach shares how she and a fellow teacher embedded literacy lessons in his computer science class.
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I love how these two teachers worked together to build reading and literacy in an area where it can be hard to push in. For librarians, this is an excellent example where your expertise can be an added benefit to an existing lesson that will result in an impact on student learning.
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Ellen MacArthur Foundation, International Baccalaureate and UWC: Exploring a complexity module for the IB Diploma Programme

Ellen MacArthur Foundation, International Baccalaureate and UWC: Exploring a complexity module for the IB Diploma Programme | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Isle of Wight, UK, 27-Nov-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — In collaboration with the International Baccalaureate and UWC (United World Colleges), the Ellen Ma
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If you're looking for some quality resources for your teachers in the area of economics and complex thinking, this would be a great place to start. There are 6 complete lesson plans plus a module for developing systems thinkers. The systems thinking module is probably worth reading and sharing all on its own! All items are available through Creative Commons licensing.
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The Innovation Destination

The Innovation Destination | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The Innovation Destination is a one-stop site that contains a wealth of exciting, unique and free resources for use by budding young innovators and the adults who guide, support and motivate them.
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From the Dr. Ruth Small email sharing this site: "The purpose of this totally free website is to provide a one-stop site containing a wealth of information related to youth and innovation. For adults, it provides resources for encouraging, motivating, supporting, guiding and informing their young innovators, as well as a number of resources and training just for adults. It is also a site where the young innovators, themselves, can go on their own to watch the videos, find good books to read (fiction and nonfiction), and more." I have only begun to scratch the surface here but I got so excited about it I wanted to share!
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The Healing Library: Kits for Family Healing

The Healing Library: Kits for Family Healing | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
How can libraries serve families during times of trauma?   To assist families in healing, libraries can assemble kits from The Healing Library’s free resources. As a counselor I’ve seen how co…
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I discovered this site via a tweet from David Lankes (retweeted by Lucy Santos Green) and I absolutely love this idea. Well worth checking out.
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Janet Lanham's curator insight, November 16, 2017 3:29 PM
This is an amazing initiative!! Librarians, think of kits you could develop and have on hand for your populations!!
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15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher | 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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When I scrolled through the author's list of these 15 characteristics I kept thinking that they perfectly described the characteristics of a professionally trained librarian. They can be nicely connected to Future Ready, AASL, and ISTE standards, too. This list isn't new to us in Library Land but I think it's worth reading and sharing with your teachers. I think librarians are leaders in this regard so we can be the models and mentors for teachers who are ready to bridge up. 
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Paper Airplanes Become a Versatile Teaching Tool

Paper Airplanes Become a Versatile Teaching Tool | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Mary Tarashuk has a new way to show students how to make individual choices by "harnessing the power of paper airplanes." It's good formative assessment, too.
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This is a really cool idea that builds on the idea of providing students choice and the power behind doing so. Well worth a read!
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Are You a Tour Guide Teacher or Co-Explorer?

Are You a Tour Guide Teacher or Co-Explorer? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Consultant Gravity Goldberg says teachers can be co-explorers, not just tour guides, and create opportunities for students to find their own way. Sample unit!
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I love Gravity Goldberg's analogy of teaching to that of a tour guide or co-explorer. (I love her name, too, but that's another story!). She very clearly outlines the requirements and the consequences of being a tour guide teacher and how that is sometimes what is needed. Then she goes on to talk about what it's like to be a co-explorer with our students along with the requirements and consequences of that plan of action. I see librarians straddling both roles. We want our students to really know the "lay of the land" but then we want them to be independent selectors of their reading materials. Sometimes we need to be the guide and sometimes we need to sit back and let them explore. How do we help our classroom colleagues do the same?
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Advocacy Begins with Each of Us: #Leg2SchLibrary Part II | Knowledge Quest

Advocacy Begins with Each of Us: #Leg2SchLibrary Part II | Knowledge Quest | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
When I served as president of our Virginia school librarians’ association, the theme for my presidential year was “Advocacy Begins with You!” However, as I have reflected over the past decade or so, I’ve revised that slightly to emphasize that... Read More ›
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Take a look at this timely article by AASL president Audrey Church! The lucky school librarians going to GLMA Summer Institute will get to hear this powerful call for advocacy in person as Audrey will be providing the opening keynote. Enjoy!
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Teaching Strategies to Detect Fake News

Teaching Strategies to Detect Fake News | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
An overview of teaching strategies, lesson plans, resources, and ideas you might find valuable as you teach your students about the dangers of fake news and the means to counteract it.
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Nice collection of teaching tools for the fake news phenomenon - this is a great set to keep in your back pocket, librarians!
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200 Free Kids Educational Resources: Video Lessons, Apps, Books, Websites & More

Get free K-12 video lessons; mobile apps; audiobooks, ebooks and textbooks; foreign language lessons; test prep materials; and web resources for kids!
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:
If you ignore everything else, go to this site to fill your tool box with a plethora of OER covering everyting from Audiobooks/eBooks to General Reference resources - with a whole lot of good stuff in between. I believe that librarians need to set themselves up as the curators of digital resources in their schools. We have the training to evaluate these things for accuracy, currency, authority, and relevance to our school's curriculum. Better yet, team up with the subject area chairs at your school and do a collaborative team approach to curating OER for your students. It's a win-win, IMHO.
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Libraries in the 21st century: the struggle between perception and reality | IB Community Blog

Libraries in the 21st century: the struggle between perception and reality | IB Community Blog | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:
The perception vs. reality issue is not unique to IB schools but I love the way this author talks about resourcing decisions being made through the lens of "library nostalgia." What especially resonated with me was this: "Some schools remain unaware of the expertise librarians bring to learning and teaching in the information age, assuming that libraries merely support written curriculums instead of inquiry and personal development across the community." Those of us in the librarian profession are painfully aware that we are often seen as support rather than teachers and as the keeper of the resources rather than the instructional designer, developer, and innovator. This is an article worth sharing with your administrators and then have a discussion about THEIR perceptions and YOUR reality. 
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To quote Susan Grigsby: "The perception vs. reality issue is not unique to IB schools but I love the way this author talks about resourcing decisions being made through the lens of "library nostalgia." What especially resonated with me was this: "Some schools remain unaware of the expertise librarians bring to learning and teaching in the information age, assuming that libraries merely support written curriculums instead of inquiry and personal development across the community." Those of us in the librarian profession are painfully aware that we are often seen as support rather than teachers and as the keeper of the resources rather than the instructional designer, developer, and innovator. This is an article worth sharing with your administrators and then have a discussion about THEIR perceptions and YOUR reality." Insightful thoughts here.
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7 Free Resources for Exploring 7 Popular Education Trends

7 Free Resources for Exploring 7 Popular Education Trends | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
7 popular education trends await you along with 7 free resources from the GDCF for exploring them in the best ways possible—dive in and discover.
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This is the art of curation! Globaldigitalcitizen.org has pulled together 7 free resources with a wealth of information about popular education trends to which you might want to make yourself aware of. There are projects, posters, and infographics there for you, too. Share this with your teachers who like to stay current with trends and issues!
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50 blog post ideas for educators

50 blog post ideas for educators | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Sometimes it can be tough to come up with ideas on what to blog about. As a regular blogger, I get asked the question alot... "What should/will I blog about?" Here's a list of 50 blog post ideas for educators.
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:
If you're just dipping your toes into blogging OR you're working out how to get your students into the habit, this blog post will give you plenty of ideas to get started. Librarians - this could be the perfect list to get your ideas flowing for promoting your program and inviting interaction with students who may not be active or regular library users!
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, February 2, 1:45 AM
This is a great list to get you started on your blogging journey. Very often it is thinking about what to write about and this list is full of idea. Get started now! 
 
Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, February 2, 1:46 AM
Thanks Susan for sharing this! Very often it is the not knowing where to start and this blog is perfect!
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The Elements Of A Digital Classroom

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The Elements Of A Digital Classroom by TeachThought Staff What makes up a classroom? Is it the space? A room, for example? Is it the purpose? Can a regular meeting space in a garden be a ‘horticulture classroom’? Is it the people?
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I love the poster that opens this article and it will look very familiar to those of you who know the Future Ready Librarian framework. These 8 elements also fits nicely with the updated AASL Standards so it's perfect for your library classroom. I think this would be a good starting point for a conversation with your principal or school administration if the topic of a library renovation or update comes up. How you design the space for a digital classroom vs. an analog classroom will be a very different process. What aspects of your library should remain brick-and-mortar and which ones can become purely digital? Read on.
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Finding The "Bigger Vision" In Your Work

Finding The "Bigger Vision" In Your Work | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The other day my district's Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Student Accountability asked a group of us in a meeting to rea
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I adore this post by one of my favorite library bloggers. She paints a very clear picture of how librarians are changing the world with a roadmap to getting started if you want to be one of them. Put kids first - yes! Prepare them for THEIR world - yes! Teaching kids HOW to learn is the core - yes! There's more but I'll let Jennifer take it from here. Read. This. Post.
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Why So Many Students Dislike Reading - TeachThought PD

Why So Many Students Dislike Reading - TeachThought PD | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Why So Many Students Dislike Reading by Terry Heick We tend to teach reading in a very industrial way in the United States. We focus on giving kids “tools” and “strategies” to “make” sense of a text. To “take it apart.” To look for the “author’s purpose”—to bounce back and forth between a main idea, […]
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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:
To say I enjoyed this article doesn't give it the right kind of credit. I found myself saying "yes!" after every paragraph. As a librarian, I know what the author is driving at and have known it intuitively since the day I walked into a library: the relationship between a child and a book is highly personal and the ones that resonate don't become more meaningful by diagramming the plot or mining for the details that support a main idea. The author doesn't provide easy solutions but this really struck a chord with me: "Cognitively, a student “makes sense” of a text through a perfectly personal schema—that is, through the symbols and patterns and enthusiasm and suffering and meaning in their own lives. Students can’t simply be encouraged to “bring themselves” and their own experiences to a text; they have to realize that any grasp of the text decays almost immediately if they don’t."
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 8, 2017 2:52 PM
I watched non-readers grow into readers as they experienced the spiritual and ecological interdependence between themselves and a book's story.

Reading to children is a way for them to engage and imagine. Do they need tools and strategies for that? Maybe, but there is something less "industrial" in engaging and imagining. It is why I don't think reading software works well for students who do not read well. The human touch is essential.
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12 Strategies For Teaching Literature In The 21st Century -

12 Strategies For Teaching Literature In The 21st Century - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
12 Strategies For Teaching Literature In The 21st Century by Terry Heick How can you teach Shakespeare to students accustomed to tiny screens with brief flashes of communication that instantly fade away (both in meaning endurance and visible text)? Begin by focusing on the macro. The context and need here is clear enough I think …
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Listed as a "3-minute read" this one is short and sweet and will give you some easily digested suggestions to share with teachers. I love these ideas even though for many of us in libraries they won't be new. What I like is the way this piece is written - not intimidating and easily understood. I could see this being presented at a faculty meeting in a 2-minute "smackdown" of strategies that just might get some teachers on board for new ways of doing. Enjoy!
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NAIS - The Tangible Benefits of Mindfulness in the Classroom

NAIS - The Tangible Benefits of Mindfulness in the Classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
“It is indeed a radical act of love just to sit down and be quiet for a time by yourself.” —Jon Kabat-Zinn What would happen if we spent the first five minutes of class not explaining, reading, taking notes, or discussing? What if we just sat there—in silence?
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This article talks about what is, on its surface, a very simple routine for starting your class; however, if you read the entire piece you'll see how just 5 minutes given over to silence and "falling awake" can become a meaningful ritual for students. I know teachers feel the pressure of time - the pressure of covering so many things in such a short period of time - but it seems like five minutes is manageable even with those pressures. How would this idea translate into a library program?
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School Library Journal and Scholastic Announce 2017 School Librarian of the Year | Scholastic Media Room

School Library Journal and Scholastic Announce 2017 School Librarian of the Year | Scholastic Media Room | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Contact: Lisa Wolfe, School Library Journal, lwolfe@lwolfe.com, 773-287-2800 Brittany Sullivan, Scholastic, bsullivan@scholastic.com, 212-343-4848 Winner Tamiko Brown from Ed White E-STEM Magnet School in El Lago, TX, and Four Heroes Recognized for Outstanding Achievement, Leadership, and...
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:
I'm so proud to read that my library program classmate, Jan Wilson of Brookwood High School in Snellville, GA, was named Hero of Collaboration in this year's SLJ/Scholastic recognition. She is an excellent example of the quality librarians working in Georgia and raising the bar for library service in public education. Great job, Jan!
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AASL's Busy and Wonderful Year: PW Talks with Audrey Church

AASL's Busy and Wonderful Year: PW Talks with Audrey Church | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The outgoing president of the American Association of School Librarians discusses standout moments from her time in office and what may lie ahead for AASL members.
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Georgia librarians were treated to a visit by Audrey during our annual conference, Summer Institute. She was delightful - giving us inside info about AASL (and inspiring some attendees to join!) and hosting a session on advocacy that our participants found very informative and practical. I hope that her visit to Georgia was a fitting send off for a wonderful AASL President!
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The Future Isn't Digital & Technology Is Just A Tool

The Future Isn't Digital & Technology Is Just A Tool | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
What Kind Of World Are We Preparing Students For? The Future Isn't Digital & Technology Is Just A Tool
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:
In my humble opinion, this is a must-read for librarians, instructional technology teachers, and anyone else heavily invested in edtech. This is my take-away from this article: "Students need to be prepared for the real word–the one that they live in each day and will build lives and careers in. The digital world has become a part of the real world, but has not replaced it. The future isn’t digital, it’s real and tangible and all around us, and digital technology is only a part of that whole. Students need to be prepared to make good choices and have built the skills that they need to succeed outside of computer-generated content."
Well said, indeed.
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School Librarian Collaborates with Classroom Teacher to Boost Ebook Circulation

School Librarian Collaborates with Classroom Teacher to Boost Ebook Circulation | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
In Georgia, a new digital book club boosted ebook circulation—and got fifth graders talking about classic literature.
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If you're looking for ways boost your eBook circulation, take a look at this article by Georgia librarian Linda Martin!
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