February 21, 2017

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The Importance of Play | Professional Shelf

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When block and housekeeping corners give way to flash cards and workbooks, children don’t necessarily benefit academically.

Why Med School Students Tutor at My Library

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A local medical school’s service requirement, combined with my young patrons’ need for mentors they could count on, made for a perfect match.

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Trigger Warnings and Emotional Distress

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How should librarians present material that may upset some students?

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SLJ’s News Literacy Pinterest Page

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An up-to-date news literacy resource curated by school media and ed tech specialist Jen Thomas.

After Travel Ban, Schools and Libraries Reassure Students and Families

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Schools pledge support to families, public libraries throw open their doors, and students commit acts of kindness while monitoring bullying.

Teach Students Resilience, Empathy, and More with Social Emotional Learning Strategies

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Bolstered by ESSA, social emotional learning is taking off in schools. Here’s how.

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A Robot “Teaches” Social Emotional Learning to Kids With Autism

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Milo the robot help kids on the autism spectrum learn skills including self-management and social awareness.

Follett and Dremel Join Forces to Bring 3-D Printers to Schools

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Follett School Solutions has partnered with Dremel to offer its printers to K–12 school districts, in order to both support librarians and promote technology integration in the classroom.

STEAM Project Recipes: Insta-Robots and Sewing Art

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Step-by-step illustrated instructions for sewing and robot-building activities from SLJ’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year.

How “El Deafo” Empowers Kids Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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Cece Bell’s 2015 Newbery Honor book, a graphic memoir, is changing lives, educators say.

The Problem with Student Privacy, and How To Protect It

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Strategies for safeguarding student data in schools and libraries, and student privacy in general, in the information age.

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Free Tools for SAT/ACT Test Prep | Tech Tidbits

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Help students prepare for college prep tests with these free interactive resources.

Murals Making a Difference for Low-Income Students

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The mission of the Estria Foundation, based in Honolulu, HI, is to foster social change through the creation of art.

New Year, New Ideas: Knockout Programming for 2017

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From astronomy and salsa storytime to family literacy and more, these programming ideas for the year ahead hit it out of the park.

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The Smell Test: Educators can counter fake news with information literacy. Here’s how.

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In the era of fake news, librarians are our best hope for educating kids about bogus reporting, biased points of view, and more.

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A Dream Library for Students with Special Needs | Take the Lead

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A principal of a school for students with multiple disabilities spearheaded superb library services.

High School Library Coloring Center De-Stresses Students

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Coloring is the new meditation, as one group of high school students (and staff) in California discovered.

“I Wish My Teacher Knew” | Professional Shelf

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A third grade teacher asked her students to complete a simple sentence. Their responses were eye-opening.

Wonders 2017: McGraw-Hill’s K–6 ELA Program | SLJ Review

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Packed with new features, the updated English Language Arts program includes a student interface where teachers can assign independent work.

Engineering, Inspired by Kid Lit

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How can Hugo Cabret wind the clock faster? Novel Engineering, a Tufts STEM initiative, draws technical challenges from children’s literature.