TL Blogging Challenge #8 – Tell about a professional read that has impacted you.
Sorry for the terribly long hiatus since my last post! I hope to finish the Blogging Challenge by the end of the school year.
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This school year, reading “Invent to Learn” by Sylvia Libow Martinez & Gary Stager has been the best book I’ve read, hands down! In fact, being part of the ConnectED Book Club led by Silvia Martinez herself was the best thing I got out of ConnectED Month and all the hyped festivities. Later this month, some teachers from my school and I are getting together to do a book club of our own with this book, and I can’t wait!
Every school librarian should read it, because the maker movement is gaining STEAM (pun intended), and it has the potential to drastically shape how our libraries look and run on a day-to-day basis. It also has the potential to show administrators a taste of what a 21st century library and teacher-librarian can do with a flexible schedule. In that sense, I recommend it to every administrator and educator.
More importantly, I think having a makerspace is also essential to helping students discover that they have creative skills they may not have known they possess. Some students may discover that their natural curiosity, when channeled into making, uncovers not just a hobby, but a talent that deserves cultivation. That idea fills me with excitement and passion, and it reinforces why I became a school teacher-librarian: to help children learn and learn how to learn. So go pick up a copy, or borrow one from your local school/public library!
The blogging challenge is from Cybrarian Jen at Where Books and Technology Meet. I’m going to try it out, but instead of daily posts, I’m going to try for 1-2 posts a week.