When starting a makerspace, it's sometimes helpful to start students off with some project ideas to get their creative juices flowing. Many students are so used to finding one "right" solution to a problem. Teaching students that some problems have many solutions and that finding those solutions might take some time...well, that's a mindset and habit that often requires practice. That's where ... Read More about Flash Freebie! Makerspace Prompt Task Cards
Welcome to a new school year! School has been back in session for about a month in my area, and this year I've started a few new experiments and ideas that I'm hoping turn out well. Only time will tell... 1. Five book/item checkouts with student- and parent-signed agreement Last year I required the form before any checkouts, and for some students that was very limiting to their access ... Read More about What Worked Wednesday: Back-to-School Ideas for School Libraries
At the recent PA School Librarians Association (PSLA) Annual Conference, I read a worrisome tweet from a participant in a concurrent session. Some Pennsylvania librarians reported that administrators recently told them that reading aloud isn't "rigorous enough." Not even as part of a larger unit or with young students. Librarians in this session saying they ARE NOT ALLOWED TO READ TO CHILDREN ... Read More about Reading Aloud in School: An Endangered Practice?
Every year as the school year winds down (or crashes), I start thinking about what I want to change for next year. Though I've made notes on my grade-level lesson plans all year long, it's good to look back and remember not only what I want to change, but how far I've come since last school year. After a long school year, some reflecting and celebrating never fails to reignite my passion for ... Read More about Year in Review 2015: Library Ideas & Tips for Next Year
I'm honored to be presenting at the 2015 PA School Librarians Association Annual Conference about makerspaces in elementary and middle school libraries this afternoon. If you can't make it to the conference (or you're not from PA), my presentation is on Google Slides. Make It! @ Your Library - PSLA 2015 from Collette J. During my session, I'm also hosting a few giveaways for anyone ... Read More about “Make It at Your Library” Conference Presentation