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Monthly Archive for April, 2014

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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Spin to Celebrate School Library Month

As part of our month long celebration of School Library Month, we are sponsoring a wheel of prizes. We set up in the cafeteria (across from the library) and lure students over with our colorful wheel and prizes to be won! The most popular prizes were free books and mystery QR Codes that students had […]

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Spine Poetry, Digital Style

After seeing how Andy Plemmons (a Georgia school librarian in my professional learning community) used Tellagami with his Spine Poetry activity, I shared it with A teacher of World Lit classes. Her classes were visiting the library to create Spine Poems. Since these students are from a high school World Lit class, their task was to […]

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Good job, Cathy Jo

So this afternoon I casually open my email and almost dismissed it as spam. You see, I was nominated for a 2014 Bammy Award. As a blogger, I get plenty of emails asking me to share content, consider guest posts, or blog this or that topic. So my habitual skimming almost made me overlook this […]

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How can my students be productive using BYOD? This is a question frequently asked by teachers in a BYOD environment. Yes it’s a challenge to really integrate the variety of devices students bring with them. But this article featuring Google Apps really made me stop and think.   Teachers must opt in I work in […]

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#whylib

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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April is busy aplenty

So I kick off my spring break this evening, reflecting over our library’s plans to celebrate Poetry Month and School Library Month. Dorman’s Planned April Poetry Month Activities: Spine Poetry – Students may use library books to create spine poems. We will take a picture and display them in the library. Chalk Poems – Students […]

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Because I invested some time in smalltalk with a neighboring school’s advisor, I received the biggest surprise today! You see, in that polite conversation, I planted the seed for a collaboration. Well, maybe it was more of a collaborative idea hatched and carried through! I wish I had a photo to share of our student […]

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School Library Month planning

Yesterday I shared our April 2014 Poetry Month plans, so today I want to share how we will celebrate National School Library Month.  Half of our month is or will be gone due to our statewide standardized testing for high schools going on this month (actually this entire week.) Next week is stolen earned for […]

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It’s that time…

April brings us true spring weather, National Poetry Month, National School Library Month, Poem in Your Pocket Day, and yeah, standardized testing. We are in our week of high schoolers in SC taking (hopefully) their last school wide standardized* tests. A little time to think it over While I’m serving as test administrator for a […]

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