This week we were thrilled to have author Lauren Tarshis visit with our third, fourth and fifth graders in the auditorium. Not only did she personalize approximately 75 books for kids, but she connected with both students and teachers in the hour and a half that she stopped by. Through the support of our local bookstore, Words, we made this visit happen.
I am hooked… (to the podcast The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel) and cannot wait for season 2. As a huge fan of podcasts this happens often as I discover a new podcast and just can’t stop talking about it. What makes this show so much more exciting is that it is written for and recorded by kids. One of my students is even in the cast and I didn’t know it till episode 10!
This middle grade mystery centers around strange happenings at Pruitt Prep and if you give it a chance, it will make you a fan of the spoken word as well.
This past November I had the opportunity to push my “ban the blank page” issue further by speaking on the topic of comics in the library. I feel very strongly that creative approaches to literacy work and this presentation provides examples of student success and hopes to build a strong case for considering comic story telling a tool for every teacher’s toolbox.
As a library focused website, it is probably pretty obvious that I love libraries. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that I am now singing this super catchy song in my head. It was created by 2 local parents for Sesame Street Studio.
Since 2014, the Clinton Library has been actively using the site Donors Choose to support library projects. We have had 16 projects funded and I cannot thank the support of the local community enough. Our newest grants helped bring Makey Makey sets to the library and we are still loving our expanded Makerspace with robots and Osmo Numbers. To see our past projects, please visit our page.
On March 25, 2015, I participated in an ISTE sponsored Google Hangout to discuss Teaching Literacy in the Digital Age. It was so nice to be connected with the books’s editor, Mark Gura, and another author, BJ Neary.
What happens when a librarian goes to the AASL conference and meets her favorite authors? Did you guess that she would be totally motivated to convince one of them, Adam Gidwitz, to visit her school? Well, I am happy to announce that Adam is visiting Clinton in April and the kids are totally psyched. Each 4th and 5th grade teacher has received a copy of A Tale Dark and Grimm to read to their class. You can totally tell that they have started reading due to the spike in requests for the book! Kids want their own copy to read along with in class and to read at home.
Here is a video from his recent tour to give you a sneak peek at what we will see!!!
This June I am pleased to attend the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Philadelphia. Not only have I wanted to attend this conference to further hone my technology skills, but it is back in my home city, Philly. Already I am creating an outline for the many days of speakers and determining my greatest goals for next year.
A bitter cold day in January led me to Montclair State University for the 29th annual New Jersey Educational Computing Cooperative Conference. It was a valuable day of learning for me as I had the opportunity to learn and be inspired by some powerful voices. Jonathan (JR) Rochelle from Google had a fantastic keynote presentation that focused on inspiring students. I especially enjoyed the videos on Rubiks Cube Questioning and Moonshot Thinking.
On October 26th, I facilitated a presentation on computer coding and its value to school and public libraries at the New Jersey Association of School Librarians conference in Long Branch, NJ. Here is the presentation with the many reference links.