Reflections from NCSLMA 2014

Reflections from NCSLMA 2014

I just returned from my first experience at a state librarian conference, and it was inspiring. I came away from it knowing that I have the best job in the world. I get to share my passion with every single student in my school. I get to know them from the time they are 5 … Continue reading

Taking the show on the road

Taking the show on the road

My conversations with classes at the end of this past school year were mostly predictable and went much like this: Me: Where are you going to get books from this summer when our school library is closed? Kids: The public library! Me: Because you know you’re going to read ALL summer, right? (cheesy grin and … Continue reading

Watching in wonder at what kids are wondering

Watching in wonder at what kids are wondering

Over the past month, I have been working with students at all grade levels on learning about the process we use when we do research.  This year, Wake County has introduced a county-wide research process called eWISE.  It is an acronym that describes the research process (Wonder, Investigate, Synthesize, and Express–with the small “e” at … Continue reading

A librarian’s guide to the book fair

A librarian’s guide to the book fair

It’s Book Fair week at our school! It’s one of my favorite weeks of the year because it’s so much fun to see kids get so excited about reading. After several years of book fair observing and promoting, there are some things that I think are really special about this year’s fair that have me … Continue reading

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate

The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate

Anyone who follows the world of children’s books has surely read multiple reviews of The One and Only Ivan, the 2013 Newbery Medal winner.  I write this review not only to contribute to the many voices of praise for this lovely book, but to also share my thoughts about all of the ways it could be … Continue reading

What I learned from Twitter today

What I learned from Twitter today

I am still a Twitter novice, but am amazed by the wealth of information that is shared daily using this tool.  With ISTE earlier this week, and now ALA in full swing, there is so much great stuff being shared that it’s hard to keep up.  I wasn’t able to attend either conference, but thanks … Continue reading

Edtech that works: Voicethread

Edtech that works: Voicethread

If you are a teacher and you aren’t using Voicethread, you’re missing out on a powerful tool that can engage and empower your students.  If you are a parent of a child at our school and you haven’t asked them to show you a Voicethread that they worked on this year, you really should.  They’re … Continue reading