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Resources for Librarians Making a Transition to At Home Learning

Recently, I observed an online roundtable discussion of stakeholders from a variety of organizations connected to Illinois school libraries. The stakeholders included representatives from AISLE (Association of School Library Educators), LTC (Learning Tech Center of Illinois), RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System).  During their hour-long conversation, the facilitators from AISLE led a discussion in which … Continue reading Resources for Librarians Making a Transition to At Home Learning

Digital literacy for elementary students

As a classroom teacher, I honestly didn’t think very often about students’ understanding and knowledge of digital literacy and citizenship. If an issue did come to mind, there unfortunately was not time in our already-full day to address those skills. Or, I suppose I assumed that students were learning about these skills elsewhere, maybe in … Continue reading Digital literacy for elementary students

Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop – Books as Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Doors

I don’t remember when I first heard of the work of Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop. Perhaps it was in a children’s literature course in my undergrad or graduate studies. Her metaphor of books as windows, mirrors, and sliding doors was so impactful to me as I began my teaching career. It helped me develop my … Continue reading Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop – Books as Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Doors

Why students should have choice in the library

I am so grateful for my experience as a classroom teacher.  During the seven years I taught before making the move to the library, I received training on literacy and language development, instructional strategies for reading, and ways to build a positive reading culture. One of the benefits of moving from an elementary classroom to … Continue reading Why students should have choice in the library

Big-picture library lesson planning (And adding tables to blog posts)

As a first-year school librarian, I am always looking for ways to make lesson planning effective and efficient. When I start planning next year, I don’t want to have to start from scratch, so taking careful notes now should pay off in the future. I struggle with knowing when to plan big-picture and when to … Continue reading Big-picture library lesson planning (And adding tables to blog posts)