“There is no longer one Common Core approach, or need, or form of professional development. ” That’s one reason why the relaunch of the five-headed ‘Uncommon Corps’ blog makes sense.
With spring in the air, students typically clamor to get outside—and teachers would often like to follow. April is an ideal time of year to explore outdoor learning opportunities, and these apps and sites can lead the way.
Librarian and SLJ columnist Pat Scales responds to a range of censorship issues from librarians around the country.
The effects of screen time on little ones, the integration of technology with library programming – these are some of the issues now facing the profession. It’s time to break down divisional silos, according to Christopher Harris, and work together to ensure libraries’ effectiveness in serving kids and teens.
“Between the booths, the artists, the displays, and the discussions, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair is a feast for the eyes and ears; it is the market, the souk, of materials for children and young adults.” The innovative works on display there make American publishers appear timid in comparison when it comes to experimenting with style and format.
New positions being created in school districts across the country point to places where advocacy has hit home, roles smartly redesigned, and librarians put back in the budget.
Spicing up the same old subjects can be hard, but these series make for some great new options—your readers will be informed, entertained, and, perhaps best of all, intrigued. Read on!
Here are some practical applications of how teachers and librarians can use Google’s Maps and Street View to create lesson plans and assignments on virtual tours of the streets of Paris, or map out some Civil War battles.
With its clean, kid-friendly design and cheery accent colors, the HP Chromebook 11 could fit nicely into K–12 classrooms and libraries, writes Test Drive reviewer Joelle Alcaidinho.
Instead of squabbling over elements of Common Core we need to look at what the standards offer: a ladder. We must break through the blur of the immediate…to what [young people] need to know, to the skills and tools that will allow them to know, and the assurance that they have a right to know.
Online teaching and learning are now critical skill sets for 21st-century information professionals, says Pivot Points columnist Mark Ray.
Research shows math skills at kindergarten entry are a better predictor of school success than reading or attention span. With that in mind, Bedtime Math has partnered with libraries to battle summer slide.
The Urban School Food Alliance is bringing greener choices to our schools, starting with the replacement of foam trays used in cafeterias with an affordable, compostable alternative.
Over the past few weeks there’s been a great deal of discussion among librarians and authors about the lack of diversity in books published for children and teens. When it comes to our profession, have we closely examined the imbalances that exist? Marc Aronson weighs in.
James Patterson’s print editorial “My Say: Man on a Mission” and its online version, “Let’s Save Reading—and School Libraries” continues to create a stir. His challenge to “embark on a crusade to get kids reading more books” has generated dozens of ideas. Here are a few of our favorites.
Video, audio, and images can help students gain deeper understanding of a question. Previously, struggling readers might have had assessment questions read aloud to him or her. Now, multimedia tools allow these students to take tests independently.
Lately, everything we hear about the Common Core State Standards is gloom and doom. Marc Aronson brings us the latest good news.
Chair of the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee Pat Scales offers advice and resources to educators looking to promote the freedom to read in their classrooms and libraries.
Have you used a tape measure or a ruler lately? Figured out what coins to give a cashier? If you have, then you know how important measurement is in your daily life. This lesson plan provides a look at how children’s literature can support young children as they learn about standard measurement.