Monthly Archives: February 2014

Library Lessons: Feb 3-7, 2014

Teaching in the Elementary Library

Since I never posted from early February, here are the pictures. They do tell a thousand words, I’ve been told… 🙂


2nd grade:

3rd grade:

Printable Clever Jack Takes the Cake activity is HERE!

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Best Books of 2013: Picture Book for Toddlers/Preschoolers

Teaching in the Elementary Library

Choosing just one was too hard: find my overall favorite picture book for 2013 here.

tap-the-magic-treeFavorite Picture Book for Toddlers/Preschoolers:Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

I read 3-4 picture books each week to my boy H’s Montessori class, and I work hard to choose engaging, interesting stories for the students and their teacher.   With an interactive nature (“Tap the magic tree, then turn the page”), this book invites all listeners to create.   tap-the-magic-tree-backThe “magic” is how the tree changes during the seasons, and how the reader helps create those changes: tapping the tree grows buds, while blowing on it causes leaves to fall.  The art is simple and stunning, with bold colors on white backgrounds.  Bonus: this also comes in a board book for the littlest readers.

Share with ages 2-6.

Honorable Mentions:

Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting

Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier

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Best Books of 2013: Kids Choice

Teaching in the Elementary Library

If left to their own devices, J-girl and my boy H would only choose books featuring superheroes, Jedi’s, Lego’s, fairies, princesses, and anything with glitter.  Lucky for them, then, that I bring home piles and piles of picture books and beginner readers for them – and me – to read.  These nine books represent the stories they repeatedly read and requested during 2013.

Favorite Books of the Year: Kids Choice

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Blendered Learning


“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long.  We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”   -Walt Disney

Ideas are the lifeblood of creativity and innovation.  When ideas slow down, so does our creativity and innovation.  And for our systems to remain both creative and innovative, they don’t just need a few ideas…they need an ongoing flow.

Ideas ignite ideas, which, in turn, ignite more and more ideas.

The problem is…we can have a tendency to sit around wait on that one great idea to hit us, to provide us with that “Eureka” moment.  And unfortunately, those “Eureka” moments are far and few between.  Especially, if we are sitting around waiting for it to happen.  The real “Eureka” moments are born out perseverance and hard work.  And…

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5 Library Resolutions to Make in 2014

Designer Librarian

One of my favorite things to do in January is to read predictions about the ed tech trends for the year. What’s hot and what’s not. It’s fun to do because predictions almost always reflect professional perspective. IT experts vs. educational technologists vs. teachers. You get the picture.

So, I decided to come up with my own set for libraries for the coming year. But, instead of calling them trends, I’m calling them resolutions. By resolutions, I mean resolving to learn about, explore and really think about how these technologies and practices can (or should) be utilized in libraries. I believe that taking a thoughtful approach will lead to more successful adoption.

Here are 5 resolutions I think libraries need to consider making for 2014:

Learning analytics.

Big data is being hailed as a hot trend by many this year. This is definitely a long term trend. I say that…

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