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In ’91 or so when I was finishing my first Master’s Degree in elementary Education (University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC), I was scrambling for hours that could satisfy the last course requirements. I wound up taking an elementary education math methods course of all things, and driving all the way from the lower part […]

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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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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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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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On the school front, we’re pushing the public library’s summer reading program for teens. It sounds so cool and I love their logo so much —  i soooo want a tshirt.  Too bad I don’t qualify. I think I’ll crash their kickoff party anyway to see if I can score a shirt. After all I […]

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April is National Poetry Month

So I’m working on some signs to put around school, and here is sign numero uno.  

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A post was in my reader this afternoon, one so moving, I popped out to go leave a comment of support. Apparently the post has been pulled down.   Ever happened to you? How many of us have been on the other end of a Tweet, Facebook, or blog post as author and shared something, […]

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Are you a RIF or a VIP? Having a PLN can help! was originally published in the SCASL Media Center Messenger, Volume XLIX, No. 3 (February 2012) Cathy Jo Nelson, Teacher Librarian, NBCT Dorman High School, Spartanburg District 6 cathyjonelson@gmail.com Are you a RIF (reduction in force) waiting to happen? Those educators who have stopped […]

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So much truth here it hurts!

I love how Christmas break frees up time and really allows me to throughly read through my feeds.  I can take the time to think through the posts, reflect, ask myself questions, develop action plans, and apply what I am learning to my own teaching and learning context. Many times I leave my reader knowing I […]

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Rant two:  student ID’s. See rant 1 here. (Fictitious letter, all names and locations are anonymous.) Dear School Library Professional Guru, My colleagues and I don’t agree on the requirement of student ID’s to check out books from our high school library.  Can you guide me in how to handle this situation?  I want to […]

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