I'm now in the middle of my 2nd accelerated class in the Millersville University online teaching endorsement program. After finishing my first class of my sabbatical, Current Technology in Online Teaching, I realized that online teaching might not be for me. Truth be told, this wasn't too much of a surprise. As popular as 100% online learning is now as an education trend, I don't foresee ... Read More about Reflections and Realizations about Online Teaching
I started an exciting and very different season of my life two weeks ago...a yearlong sabbatical during which I'll be earning an Online Teaching endorsement from Millersville University. In reality, I think of my sabbatical as part of my maternity leave where I'll be "working" part-time hours instead of my usual 40-50 hours a week at school. That's not to say that being a parent isn't work...but ... Read More about Online Teaching and the Elementary School Library
I know it's been over 5 months since my last post, and well...life got in the way. In the past few months, my husband and I became (very happily) pregnant, and it seems like everything just went crazy from there. I know this will probably come as no surprise to the parents reading this, but things just...change. There's a gradual, but very noticeable, shift that I wasn't ... Read More about Independent Reading Library Center Freebie (for Your Patience)
As the maker movement gains momentum and becomes more mainstream in education, there are more and more teacher-librarians who ask me where to find the best resources, and where to start. So Colleen Graves and I have been collaborating on a page of Awesome Elementary Library Makerspace Resources, which is cross-posted on Colleen's blog as well. (If you're not following her, you should be!) ... Read More about New Page for Elementary Library Makerspace Resources!
In the 8 years that I've worked at my current school library, I've made some very intentional purchases to make the library and my teaching practice more efficient and student-centered. It didn't happen all at once due to budget and time limits, but little by little, I've managed to build a collection of technology and management solutions that work together to make my life easier (and help me ... Read More about Worth Every Penny: Sound Investments for Your School Library (and Your Sanity!)