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As we are midway through April with our Poetry Month celebrations, I am pleasantly surprised at the participation and response from our students. I’m also reflecting over some of the benefits I have seen. Let me share some surprising perks from our Spine Poetry Activity. Perk 1: Growing stock of student created spine poems for […]

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Helping a High School World Lit class consider alternatives to a dry PowerPoint over the next few weeks, and BlendSpace, among others is quickly becoming a favorite. Selfishly I’m trying out the embed code here too.  If it’s not seen below, it’s located at http://blnds.co/1hv81UT. Enjoy!!  

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We return tomorrow to school after having Tuesday through Friday off for snow. I applaud my district for making the decisions daily early enough to have no worries about dealing with treacherous icy roads to and from school. Since I had an appointment Friday early, my hubby and I actually went out and scraped the […]

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Tapping in to students….

How many of us plan our instruction so that we get kids tapping in to these? Should be automatic, no?

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There is quite a buzz in school library land regarding the massive librarian cuts to the Philadelphia School System (from 200+ school librarians down to now just around 15.) My friends  Joyce Valenza and Jennifer Lagarde have both provided us with great action items to ensure we “educate” those powers that be who are making […]

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A very natural part of being a high school librarian is being able to match books to students when they come asking. All of us feel very adequate in doing this when it comes to students who read the middle of the road popular YA books.  Over the years I have been literally to my […]

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Observations from Experience

1:1 allows for individualization, no matter the device. Shared devices limit individualization. Managing an app account that is shared throughout the building is a struggle. Who knew apps from a shared account automatically appeared on any device logged in to that account when it synchs? If working in a shared account educational environment, should there be […]

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Last week our state had our annual SC Edtech Conference in Greenville, SC, just up the road from me.  It’s a great conference that is timely, as it’s still close enough to the beginning of school to actually “try out” anything new you get from the conference. I had take-aways from every session and/or event, […]

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Over the last few years in my thus far 28 year old teaching career I can distinctly recall a portion of our welcome back meetings by district leaders focusing our attention on data: test scores, attendance, graduation rate, etc.  It’s just part of the nature of the education climate today. I may or may not […]

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Follett listens to our wants and needs.  It seems each time Jason Smith, our SC/NC Account Manager with Follett Library Resources visits, he takes time to learn and relay our specifics needs, likes, and yes, even gripes back to the company. Whenever he calls to say he is in the area, we invite him in. It’s just a […]

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