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  Just about three years ago, Joyce Valenza shared in her Neverending Search blog the idea that she and Shannon Miller came up with to connect their school library book clubs into a “somewhat virtual book club” for joint discussions. And, she generously invited other TLs to participate. I was one of the readers who […]

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itslearning – Teaching Made Easier from itslearning USA on Vimeo. It’s coming as a new initiative for us. I’ve been in some trainings recently, getting acclimated to the LMS coming to my district. Do I like it over Google’s Classroom? As a recent graduate of the  Google Teacher Academy (#GTAATL) and now sporting a shiny […]

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As most of our students know, this year our district went with a BYOD policy. BYOD, in case you’re not sure, stands for “bring your own device.” In the media center, we are trying to share APPS and websites that help students and teachers integrate more technology into the curriculum despite platform or device. Here […]

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This year we are going to experience a BYOD environment in our school. I’m glad for many reasons, one being it’s more and more difficult to monitor a “no devices allowed” policy, as even younger and younger students are packing a device or two in their bags. By device, I mean mobile phone, tablet, iPod, […]

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I ran across this today in my Facebook timeline, posted by a friend and neighboring district’s teacher (Yvonne Mason). It is heartfelt and honest, and I loved it enough to share as she suggested. We live in the same geographic area, so see the same kinds of outfits on our students. While she is speaking […]

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Back2School Week in the Library

Well it’s here. Back2School week. This week we will have a flurry of activity going on in our high school and library. Here’s a glimpse of my Monday alone! Monday first thing, our entire district is at our school for the district wide welcome back. Recognitions take place, and yours truly made the list. After […]

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Lot’s of times I’ve been asked to find that just right video to use in staff development or back to school meetings, and my new friend Janelle Graham has met this need for me this year.  It’s a year old or so but still effective for any educator who needs that “something” to grab attention […]

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This time of the year, many of us are preparing for a parent night of some kind at our schools.  This actual question was crowd-sourced recently on our list serv, and I chimed in (with what else? Cathy Nelson’s Professional Thoughts!!) But I do think some of the responses were worthy of blogging.  So here […]

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  Too early to plan? (not for me….) Teen Read Week is always a week where we can find “fun” ways to celebrate reading or teens and their interests.  Striking a balance can be challenging, but I do love to plan, even though it’s not until mid October.  Execution of plans is always a different […]

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Spending Spree

As I sit here pondering a very large order for replacement ink for every printer in my building, and realize how absolutely unrealistically expensive this is, I can’t help but think of things that suck money out a school budget. Here’s my list: Ink cartridges – Why does every teacher think they need a desktop […]

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