I was approached by one of our 6th grade teachers wondering if I had any ideas on how she could liven up their unit on prehistory and early man. After some looking around for ideas and sharing back and forth, we landed on the idea of doing an Junior Archeology “Camp” for one of the… Continue reading Off We Go to Archeology Camp!
I mentioned the Snapshot wall when I gave a tour of changes in the library this year but didn’t really breakdown the sections of our Snapshot wall. Since we’re covering the topic of wondering the week and introduced Our Wonder Wall to the kids this week, it seemed like a great time to take a… Continue reading I Wonder…If You’d Like a Closer Look at our Snapshot Wall?
A few years ago, at our annual Fall CNYSL conference, I went to a presentation on using the Super 3 with primary students. One of the suggestions that I just loved involved reading them a book called The Shape of My Heart and then having students fill in heart cutouts with the things that filled… Continue reading The Shape of My Heart
In putting together the pictures for the last post I realized I hadn’t talked about a couple of quick, easy changes I made to the story area this year that I’m really loving! I inherited this big, wooden rocking chair and whiteboard easel on wheels with the rest of the library. My first few years… Continue reading My New Story Time BFFs…
…at the FPS Libratorium. That’s right, it’s time to talk about our basic routines and expectations! This year, I’ve incorporated some handy tricks I learned from listening to a podcast called The Everyday Art Room, hosted by Cassie Stephens. I listen to quite a few education/teacher podcasts but this is the only one I’ve stumbled… Continue reading This is how we do it…
After some major layout changes my first few years here, I think we’ve settled on a layout that works best for how our library is actually used. However, that didn’t mean that I just rolled in on the first day, blew off some dust and was ready to roll! I’m always looking for ways to… Continue reading Looking at What’s New in the 2018 Libratorium Layout
For my final reflections, I thought I’d try using Adobe Spark Video. I’ve used it once before to create a summary video about my trip to the AASL National Conference but this time, I made use of the voice recording option in addition to the pictures and text! Although the audio gets a bit wonky… Continue reading Cool Tools for School, Thing 12: Final Reflections
I was lucky enough to attend the national conference in Phoenix when the standards were unveiled and even pre-ordered my copy so I could pick it up right at registration with the rest of my conference bag goodies. I’ve participated in Webinars and Twitter chats related to the new standards, I’m even in an online book study… Continue reading Cool Tools for School, Thing 50: The New AASL Standards
While exploring Thing 50: The New AASL Standards, I spent some time looking at the Tech Tools & Resources for the AASL Standards doc to which Polly had linked. One of the tools on it was Goosechase EDU, a tool I’d been introduced to in the past but had never gotten around to actually using.… Continue reading Cool Tools for School, Thing 11: You Pick!
A few weeks ago, I got the email I expect but dread every. Single. Year: it was time to set up my observation. This year, the library department’s observations are being done by the head of the technology department. So, it seemed like a good idea to find a way to work technology into my… Continue reading Cool Tools for School, Thing 14: eBook Creation