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Oh, the Humanities!
Leslie B. Preddy
The humanities give rise to our creativity, imagination, and are often the origin of innovation, inspiration, and advancements of civilization. When working with families, students, educators, or the community, it is often difficult to communicate something as being an aspect of the humanities primarily due to a lack of experience or awareness. It is a term of historical significance, but not a term frequently used today in everyday conversations. Read More
Leap into Reading
When life gives our kids lemons, they walk into the library searching for lemonade, rainbows, and cupcakes. And, we hand it to them on a silver platter.
Technology Connections
Ida Mae Craddock
Heather Moorefield-Lang
In a previous column, we talked about how augmented reality could be used in classrooms, but as you know, it's difficult to find content that precisely follows a lesson. One of the solutions to that dilemma is to create your own.
Adding Friction: How to Design Deliberate Thinking into the Research Process
A teacher asks the librarian if students can come in to gather pro and con resources into each team's topical bibliography for a unit on persuasive argumentation.
Exploring Local History
Making connections to the past is not always easy for students. They often lack the background knowledge to pick out details that would be obvious to an adult. It is exciting to see those connections happen through focused study and hands-on experiences. I try to provide opportunities for my students to dive deeper into local history and learn more about how our town became what it is today. Read More
Create a Culture of Reading
To build a school-wide culture of reading, it is vital that everyone gets involved—students, parents, teachers, the principal and other administrators, the school nurse, cafeteria staff, the safety officer, custodians, and office staff. Although not all community members consider themselves readers (yet!), the inclusion of everyone strengthens the effect, resulting in a more dynamic, inclusive, and vibrant reading culture. Read More
Leading from the Library
Leaders in any field possess some basic characteristics: integrity, passion, knowledge, vision, confidence, character, courage, and greatness. School librarians who have these qualities also have vibrant and dynamic relationships with school communities and strong, powerful programs. We share our knowledge and are competent, confident educators who are passionate about books and reading, information and inquiry, and the curation and creation of knowledge. Read More
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