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  • London TeachMeet, 12 June 2014 #ldnlibtm

    Information Literacy Weblog
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Health Information Specialist team of King's College London Library, UK, will be hosting a London LibTeachMeet on 12 June 2014 (afternoon)13.30-17.00. The theme this year is: Enhancing the student experience through interactivity and engagement. "Presentations will be 5 minutes in length, and can be about any aspect of using interactive tools and elements to increase student engagement and enhance their library experience. For example, you may use games, problem-solving activities, discussion groups, treasure hunts etc. Presentations from all library sectors are welcome." They are also…
  • Great News from the NCBLA!

    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    NCBLA Planning In Search of Wonder: Common Core and MoreProfessional Development DayOctober 17th, 2014 in Perry, Ohio The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance is launching a new education initiative—In Search of Wonder: Common Core and More—in  Northern Ohio this fall! This inspiring professional development dayis designed for teachers, librarians, and caretakers—any and all adults who live with and work for young people!“In Search of Wonder: Common Core and More” will take place on NEOEA Day, October 17th, at the Goodwin Theatre in Perry, Ohio and will feature…
  • Grading Reading Performance Under Common Core

    Shanahan on Literacy
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    I have a question that many teachers have asked and would like your help when thinking through the grading process for common core. How might the children receive grades for the many standards without giving a test? The teachers are doing a lot of processing text together as a class or in partners so they are wondering about the accountability for the students and how to get a grade to measure their knowledge.  Good question. Remember there are lots of parts of Common Core, so if you are an elementary teacher and you are teaching foundational skills (e.g., phonological…
  • The Collective Power of a Nation of Readers

    First Book Blog
    Kyle Zimmer
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    This piece also appears on The Huffington Post’s Impact blog. Steve White, a volunteer at a local nonprofit, worked through the holidays to ensure that 3,000 kids in need in Denver would have brand-new books of their own at Christmas. Elisa Mayo, the finance coordinator for a school district in Mississippi, helped students at her Title I school get the books — and the encouragement — they needed to start book clubs, and now dozens of students, from third to fifth grade, voluntarily skip recess to meet and to talk about their new books. A community group in Navajo County,…
  • Make My DayLAKE Superior State's Banned Words for 2009

    Search for "children literacy"
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:25 pm
    A social media site called LINK-Live, based on the Obama campaign 's Web outreach, plans to bring Inauguration Day ceremonies into the homes of millions around the world.
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    Information Literacy Weblog

  • London TeachMeet, 12 June 2014 #ldnlibtm

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Health Information Specialist team of King's College London Library, UK, will be hosting a London LibTeachMeet on 12 June 2014 (afternoon)13.30-17.00. The theme this year is: Enhancing the student experience through interactivity and engagement. "Presentations will be 5 minutes in length, and can be about any aspect of using interactive tools and elements to increase student engagement and enhance their library experience. For example, you may use games, problem-solving activities, discussion groups, treasure hunts etc. Presentations from all library sectors are welcome." They are also…
  • Creating Knowledge & Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    An Easter treat (well, ok, only if you are mad for information literacy) are papers and filmed keynotes from the Creating Knowledge conference that took place at Lund University last August. Unfortunately, as it clashed with IFLA, I was not able to go, but I attended all of the previous CKs, I think, it it has always been an excellent conference. Some of the short papers are available full text as a special issue (volume 5, no. 1, 2013) of the Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education. Some items are just abstracts, but full papers include:- The value and impact of cross…
  • Feedback on Information Literacy website wanted

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    The Information Literacy website is maintained by the CILIP Information Literacy Group (UK). They would like your opinion on its good and less good points so they can improve it further. You can enter into their prize draw for the chance to win £50 of gift vouchers for an online store of your choice. Go to http://www.informationliteracy.org.uk/ for the website and to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ilwebsitesurvey for the survey. The survey will close on 31 May 2014.Photo by Sheila Webber: pink cherry blossom, Sheffield, April 2014
  • Teachmeet in Aberystwyth, Wales, 4 June 2014

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    There is a Teachmeet in Aberystwyth on 4 June (afternoon) 2014. "Everyone will have the chance to give short 5 minute presentations on what they’ve been doing (or what they’d really like to do!) with regards to information literacy ... All are welcome to present for 5 minutes, or be in the enthusiastic audience." The event is sponsored by the CILIP Information Literacy Group. The event is free, email ltmstaff@aber.ac.uk. More information at http://aberlibteachmeet.wordpress.com Photo by Sheila Webber: Conwy Castle, 2010 (I realise this is not near Aberystwyth, but at least it is in Wales)
  • Financial Literacy initiative in USA

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    This press transcript and an article in American Libraries give some information about a new pilot initiative in the USA where 9 public libraries are being used as hubs to develop citizens' financial literacy. April is Financial Literacy month in the USA.Photo by Sheila Webber: Thessaloniki, April 2014
 
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    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE

  • Great News from the NCBLA!

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    NCBLA Planning In Search of Wonder: Common Core and MoreProfessional Development DayOctober 17th, 2014 in Perry, Ohio The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance is launching a new education initiative—In Search of Wonder: Common Core and More—in  Northern Ohio this fall! This inspiring professional development dayis designed for teachers, librarians, and caretakers—any and all adults who live with and work for young people!“In Search of Wonder: Common Core and More” will take place on NEOEA Day, October 17th, at the Goodwin Theatre in Perry, Ohio and will feature…
  • Celebrate National Library Week!

    13 Apr 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Lives change @ your library: Celebrate National Library Week April 13-19This week, and throughout April, libraries in schools, campuses, and communities nationwide are celebrating National Library Week as a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.  Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.  Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to…
  • Celebrate Poetry Month

    9 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    Share a Poem with the Kids in Your Life!National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 with the ultimate goal of widening the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern. Here are ten suggestions from the Academy of American Poets for celebrating National Poetry Month1. Read a book of poetry.2. Memorize a poem.3. Revisit a classic poem. Maybe a Shakespearean sonnet?4. Put poetry…
  • In Case You Missed It!

    1 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    New York Times Article Explores the "Word Gap" Between Children from Low-Income and Affluent Families“In the same way that we say you should feed your child, brush their teeth, you should be stimulating their brain by talking, singing and reading to them,” - Ann O’Leary, Director of Too Small to Fail.In the New York Times article "Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap, Word by Word," Motoko Rich writes:Amid a political push for government-funded preschool for 4-year-olds, a growing number of experts fear that such programs actually start too late for the children most at risk. That is why…
  • Science and Literature Field Trip

    26 Mar 2014 | 6:43 am
    Sherlock Holmes Exhibition Traveling Worldwide, Now at Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio“We separated the science lessons from the interactive mystery so the mystery was a place to practice and use the information you already learned.” - Exhibition Creator Geoffrey M. Curley  “The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes,” a traveling exhibition now at the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio, invites history, literature, and science fans of all ages into the streets of Victorian London, where you can follow in the footsteps of Sir Arthur Conan…
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    Shanahan on Literacy

  • Grading Reading Performance Under Common Core

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    I have a question that many teachers have asked and would like your help when thinking through the grading process for common core. How might the children receive grades for the many standards without giving a test? The teachers are doing a lot of processing text together as a class or in partners so they are wondering about the accountability for the students and how to get a grade to measure their knowledge.  Good question. Remember there are lots of parts of Common Core, so if you are an elementary teacher and you are teaching foundational skills (e.g., phonological…
  • How Much In-Class Reading?

    12 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    I am wondering what you think are the acceptable ways to read text in a text in grades 3-8.  Obviously, round robin or popcorn reading is not one of them -- and these are still options we see too often. Independent reading is desired, and some degree of teacher read aloud to the whole class to model fluency and dramatic reading is appropriate as well. What other ways do you think are effective? How much time would you say we should push teachers to do each? (i.e. 60% independent, 20% teacher read aloud...) etc.I’m with those who believe that students need to read a lot during their…
  • Apples and Oranges: Comparing Reading Scores across Tests

    3 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    I get this kind of question frequently from teachers who work with struggling readers, so I decided to respond publicly. What I say about these two tests would be true of others as well.I am a middle school reading teacher and have an issue that I'm hoping you could help me solve. My students' placements are increasingly bound to their standardized test results. I administer two types of standardized tests to assess the different areas of student reading ability. I use the Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests and the Terra Nova Test of Reading Comprehension. Often, my students' WRMT subtest scores…
  • To Play or Not to Play (in K and Pre), That is the Question

    31 Mar 2014 | 1:59 pm
    During both my childhood and the early years of my teaching career “reading readiness” dominated. The idea was that if you taught kids reading too early, you would do damage. My kindergarten teacher warned Mom not to try to teach me anything, and we were still stalling when I taught first grade.Recently, a study at the University of Virginia found that we now live in a different world. Most kindergarten teachers believe that they should teach reading and that is pretty common in preschools, too. The headline in Education Week says it all: “Study Find Reading Lessons Edging Out…
  • Indiana Drops Common Core

    25 Mar 2014 | 9:55 am
    Yesterday, Indiana became the fifth state to choose not to teach to the Common Core standards (CCSS). Opponents of these shared standards have complained less about their content, than about how they were adopted. Critics claim the federal government forced states to adopt these standards by advantaging them in the Race to the Top competition. Two problems with those claims: (1) Indiana didn’t compete for Race to the Top—so there was no federal gun to its head, and (2) states, like Indiana, that don’t adopt Common Core face absolutely no federal penalty. Ironic. Indiana’s governor…
 
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  • The Collective Power of a Nation of Readers

    Kyle Zimmer
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    This piece also appears on The Huffington Post’s Impact blog. Steve White, a volunteer at a local nonprofit, worked through the holidays to ensure that 3,000 kids in need in Denver would have brand-new books of their own at Christmas. Elisa Mayo, the finance coordinator for a school district in Mississippi, helped students at her Title I school get the books — and the encouragement — they needed to start book clubs, and now dozens of students, from third to fifth grade, voluntarily skip recess to meet and to talk about their new books. A community group in Navajo County,…
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go

    Julia Hornaday
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Shannon Bowers’ son Alex loves Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go. Shannon gets teary-eyed when they read it together. Someday Alex will grow up, go to college and live out his dreams. Alex gets teary-eyed when Shannon reads too many of the pages. He’s five now. That’s his job. Recently, Alex and his classmates, students from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, all picked out brand-new books from First Book to take home. They chose stories about history, princesses and sharks. Their excitement was overflowing; many of them had no books at home. Books have always been an…
  • Purina® “PAW”ty Challenge (Funpage for Kids)

    Julia Hornaday
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    First Book and Purina® have teamed up to celebrate two of our favorite things – reading and pets. And we want you to join the fun! Click on the image below to download and print our Purina® “PAW”ty Challenge funpage. You’ll find creative activities like drawing, story writing and a book maze for your kids or students to enjoy. The post Purina® “PAW”ty Challenge (Funpage for Kids) appeared first on First Book Blog.
  • Just How Many Books Can Volunteers Get to Kids in One Year?

    Samantha McGinnis
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    New homes, a birthday party and a seaplane … what do these have in common? These are all ways that First Book volunteers got books to kids in need this year. First Book has a network of dedicated and passionate volunteers in hundreds of communities in the U.S. and Canada who support our efforts to provide books and educational resources in fun and innovative ways. Just last year, First Book volunteers distributed over 613,000 books all across the United States! Here are a few of our favorite First Book volunteer stories: Tess Reiman, a 9th grader who raised funds for First Book to support…
  • Four Books to Celebrate El día de los niños

    Samantha McGinnis
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    Today’s guest blog post is by Pat Mora, award-winning author and founder of El día le los niños, El día de los libros/Children’s Day, Book Day. All the books Pat recommends are available at deeply discounted prices on the First Book Marketplace to educators and programs serving children in need. A lifetime of reading teaches us the pleasure and power of books, and that literature at all levels and from all cultures can not only teach us but humanize us. Through the writings of others we can share the experiences of a Midwest family on a farm years ago, the fear of a Jewish family…
 
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  • Words to use when handling evidence poster

    jivespin
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    Just made this classroom poster using the Moldiv app. The poster highlights some of the key words students should use when handling evidence. Hope it is useful.
  • April Tinker Meeting Recap, by Liz Fraser

    Amy Koester
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:25 am
    The Chicago area is lucky to have the fabulous Tinker Group, a group for “library folks who work with kids, teens, and technology.” Every other month, about 40 people gather to learn about technology programs and ideas from other librarians. It’s a great way to hear about new ideas and talk with others who have tried different and interesting programs. Each meeting usually focuses on a couple topics; there’s a brief introduction and then time for hands-on exploration. This month the topics were Scratch and Makey Makeys. Janet from the Wilmette Public Library talked about the Scratch…
  • April is Financial Literacy Month

    lawfirmnewswire
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:17 am
    White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 16, 2014 Financial Literacy Month is being observed in April 2014. This is an excellent time to recognize the important role that financial literacy plays in individual economic security and the financial health of the nation. Many Americans are not well-informed about important financial issues that affect their everyday lives. Schools, parents, government agencies and financial institutions and advisers all have a role to play in helping to increase knowledge and understanding of critical economic issues. The overall lack of financial literacy…
  • Stories everywhere

    alisonwrote
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
    How can you give local writers a platform for their work? Libraries are shifting towards working wit
  • Literacy Resources for Vocabulary & Works of Notable Authors

    Bess Kapetanis
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    PBS LearningMedia offers resources to strengthen the literacy skills of students from kindergarten through high school.  A nationally popular vocabulary/reading program from the beloved PBS KIDS program Martha Speaks, sport-themed words from The Electric Company, and videos/images for The Catcher in the Rye are all designed to engage students and enhance curricula.The following featured resources from PBS LearningMedia help students expand their vocabulary and familiarity with the works of notable authors: Reading Buddies Program Grades K-5 | Collection | Group Reading Activities…
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