Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Blogging for students

As a teacher I am always looking for innovative ways to get students more involved in their own education. Blogging about classroom activities, content learned and questions they have would be a great way to get kids involved in their own learning while growing as 21st century learners. Plus it would be a great way for parents to find out about what their students are learning and to get to know their child as a student even better.

There are lots of great blogs out there for kids. To start check out:
http://onlineschool.net/2009/10/27/100-best-book-blogs-for-kids-tweens-and-teens/ a great article with loads of great links for student blogs.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

If America Were a Village

A companion to “If the World Were a Village”, “If America Were a Village” (http://www.kidscanpress.com/US/If-America-Were-a-Village-P3154.aspx) is a unique an eye-opening look at the population of the United States. Taking statistics about our country and applying them to a 100 person village it's amazing what the readers discovers. For example, did you know that 50 people in this US village would live in just 9 US states or that 3 people in this village are in education, training and the library profession? An interesting and informative read that would lend itself well to a number of follow-up classroom activities.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Teacher Librarians

While doing a search for lesson plans today I was surprised and delighted to find http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teacher-librarian which really does eloquently explain what we do and our role and purpose and school. Though Wikipedia is a hot-button topic of discussion among many library circles its popularity cannot be doubted and I was pleased to see Library Teachers have their own listing.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Jeopardy Games

I have been doing Social Studies review with 5th grade using a Jeopardy game I created which has helped students review the curriculum in an innovative and engaging way. I went online and found a bunch of other great ones to use:

Friday, October 23, 2009

School Library Studies

There have been numerous studies over the last few years that have all concluded the same thing: School Libraries work! Elementary schools with librarians have high test scores and children have better access to books.

Want to learn more:

http://www.nyla.org/content/user_1/Preliminary_Report_Small.pdf is great report. Pleasant Valley was lucky enough to be selected to be one of the schools who got to participate in this study.

Also, find several reports at: http://www.lrs.org/impact.php

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

PV's Library Catalog

PV's Library Catalog is now online. Check out OPALS at: http://snb.scsd.opalsinfo.net/bin/search/beginner which will allow you to search for books in the PV collection from anywhere!

Friday, October 16, 2009

"The Mailbox"

"The Mailbox" is an excellent magazine which includes teacher tips and ideas, ready-to-use worksheets and unit ideas. There is one for kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd-3rd grade and 4th-6th grade.

The PV library has begun subscribing to this magazine and started routing it around the building this morning. This magazine really is a must have for any elementary school library. Check it out: http://www.theeducationcenter.com/tec/

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Web Resources

There are so many web resources available online it can be challenging to find what is needed.

Nettrekker is a great place to find the best websites avialble http://www.nettrekker.com/.

A local school district also has an excellent selection of web resources organized in one place www.niskayunaschools.org/district/Library/k5.htm


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