April 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Get Ready to Log Those Minutes: It’s Almost Time for Scholastic’s “Magical” Summer of Reading

It’s time to start planning for the Summer Reading Challenge and, with the addition of community partners, Scholastic takes aim at the issue of access.

Going Rogue to Teach Code: A school librarian offers strategies for teaching every age group

Once we inspire our students to love coding, how do we transition them from the safety of block-based languages to the kind of coding that solves real-world problems?

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Don’t Stress About Coding: Focus Shifts To Teaching Problem Solving Not Computer Skills

Educators look at coding in a new context, with computational thinking and basic computer literacy as the goal.

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Cosplay Creation with Elementary Students

Cosplay builds confidence and critical thinking. It can also invite discussion about gender stereotypes, body shaming, media representations, and more.

Five Tips For a Successful Mystery Skype

Put students in control, check time zones, and other suggestions to make the most of Mystery Skypes, in which students try to guess another classroom’s geographical location.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Hands-On Ways To De-Stress | Library Hacks

From test anxiety to worries about school safety, many students are stretched thin. Help them unwind with projects to make stress balls, fidget spinners, and more.

Check Out SLJ’s National Poetry Month Pinterest Board

Teen librarian Dawn Abron curates a poetry-themed Pinterest board filled with ideas for programming, displays, and more.

How To Run a Successful Kids Book Club

Start small. Lead by letting go. Read more tips from experts who run book clubs for kids of all ages.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Parkour at the Library

The physical fun of parkour can bring new young patrons and valuable partnerships to a library’s programming.

A Lively Database Instruction Game Gets an Upgrade with Digital Badges

A high school librarian improves her popular Search App Smackdown! challenge with badges and breakouts.

How a Connecticut Library Became a Community STEM Hub

A well conceived tech center and maker lab draws students and community members of all ages.

Award-Winning Arts Education for Kids of All Abilities

A New York library’s reading and creativity program for kids welcomes those whose disabilities may prevent them from attending school with their community peers.

Grants, Book Drive and a Reading Challenge | News Bites

Information about upcoming We Need Diverse Books internship grants, Native American enhancement grants, the YALSA Hub Reading Challenge, and more.

Incarcerated Teens Write Graphic Novels

Students at Birchwood High School, a South Carolina juvenile justice facility, wrote “AIDS in the End Zone” and “Shootout: A Tale from the Streets.”

Cubetto: A Wooden Robot That Teaches Toddlers How to Code | Tech Review

The purposefully unstructured nature of Cubetto will make it a wonderful addition to pre-K and early elementary classrooms.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Summer Programming Ideas, from Ska Storytime to Outdoor Treasure Hunts

It’s midwinter—a perfect time to start planning your summer programming. Here’s a snapshot of what librarians are putting together for 2018.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

STEM & the Standards: Librarians and the NGSS

Librarians are getting involved in NGSS implementation at schools with maker space projects or other activities that incorporate NGSS principles.

Prime Time for Podcasts

It’s a golden age for young podcast listeners and creators. Tips for using and recording audio content, plus top listening recommendations.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

World Read Aloud Day Adds Magic Night This Year

Every child likes to be read to, even those irritable tweens, according to the latest Scholastic Kids and Family Reading research.

Linda Blackmon Lowery, Youngest Selma Marcher, Inspires Students

Civil rights activist marched from Selma to Montgomery as a teenager. Now she seeks to inspire the next generation.