Category Archive: library

Feb 09

Coding Challenges for the Ollie

If you have any Ollies (or Spheros) in your classroom, library, or makerspace, you’ve probably discovered that kids love driving these little devices around. Students love to test their driving skills, which as I’ve witnessed, generally aren’t that good. We have 4 Ollies in our makerspace and, in an effort to have students program the …

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Apr 12

Rethinking Library Spaces

Libraries are changing, we all know that. My elementary school library is evolving and we are looking for ideas to transform the space. Many school libraries are going through similar changes and it’s great to see. At the ICE Conference in February, I attended a session that shared a complete renovation of a school library …

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Feb 14

Connecting the Library and Classroom

In my role as library media specialist, connecting what I do with the classroom is essential. A lot of people talk about the changing role of the school library and the idea that the school library being the hub of the school. I agree with all of these ideas, but making it happen isn’t easy. This …

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Sep 16

Our Dot Day Activities

Today was a very fun day in the library. We started celebrating Dot Day today and I had 4 classes, grades one through four today. Here’s what we did. First Grade – After watching the archived livestream of Peter H. Reynolds reading The Dot, an event I was fortunate enough to be a part of …

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Jul 31

Making a Change

Change can be good, bad, scary, and exciting. I’m sure there are many other words you can think of to describe change. Changing the kind of coffee you drink or the route you take to work is a small change. Moving houses or making a job change is much bigger. Regardless, change breaks up a …

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Feb 26

Should I Care?

I’d like to know your thoughts. It’s been about three months since I left my job as a library media specialist to join Discovery Education.  The move for me has been wonderful and I’m not looking back. However, I’m very worried about the library program that I left.  When I left, the plan was for …

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Sep 22

School Library Journal Leadership Summit

It’s time to get back on the blogging track. I’m spending a couple of days in Washington DC at the School Library Journal Leadership Summit. The event is full of school librarians as well as some authors and illustrators. The main discussions will center around reading and ebooks. I’m not exactly sure what to expect …

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Jul 07

Let’s Play The Feud!

I was extremely fortunate to be asked to participate in an incredibly fun event at ISTE in Philadelphia.  The ISTE Conference has been one of the highlights of my summer for the past few years and something I begin looking forward to way before the school year ends.  This year, I was part of a …

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Jun 20

No Flexible Schedule Next Year

(Note: I wrote this post originally using Dragon Dictation.  I had to go back and do quite of a bit of editing.  The writing isn’t the greatest, sorry.  No more blog posts using Dragon Dictation). Excitement has turned into disappointment for me over the past several months.  Many of the school librarians in my district …

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May 17

We Have a Winner

Well, the contest is over and a winner has been randomly chosen.  Thank you to “bigvincec” for contributing this picture for the Lenovo M90z library photo contest.  I left a comment on the photo in Flickr.  I’ll give him a few days to get me his information – either by a comment here or in …

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