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.
Podcasts… the new old school way to learn. I love them and listen to them regularly as well as want to make one with students in 2016-2017. So, when I was told about Brains On last week, I instantly placed it in my podcast feed and anxiously awaited a few minutes of uninterrupted time to test it out. Well… I am happy to say that I am hooked and am more excited to start my own next school year. Brains On encourages curiosity and explains in kid friendly terms answers to their questions. Here is a sample from their website.
In November, I was honored to not only present on the topic of modern storytelling, but to also receive the Jean E. Harris Progressive Library Award. It was so special to be recognized for the work done at the Clinton Elementary School Library. One of the library world’s great champions, Dr. Joyce Valenza, featured my acceptance speech on her School Library Journal blog, NeverEnding Search.
As I prepare to attend and present at this year’s New Jersey Association of School Librarian’s Conference, I watched one of my favorite inspirational videos. If you have ever wondered how people motivate themselves (or just want to get inside my head), here it is. Thank you to Jonathan Rochelle of Google who first showed this video at the NJECC Conference at Montclair State.
I do love a good educational video to teach me (or remind me) of something cool in social studies or science. Author John Green, his brother Hank Green, Phil Plait and Craig Benzine teach us some cool things on this YouTube Channel Crash Course.
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.