Category: education

Library Learning Blogs

Teacher-librarians can use blogs in their school libraries to connect with students and the community, to support learning standards, and to give students a voice in collection and program development. I like the idea of a blog written by the school librarian(s) that promotes library activities and resources; […]

Library Learning Standards

Teachers, Did you know the American Association of School Librarians has learning standards that align with the Common Core learning standards you use in your content area teaching? The AASL Learning Standards & Common Core State Standards Crosswalk contains a number of connections that can provide a basis for […]

Informal Leadership

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a seminar in which we explored concepts of informal leadership, including strategies for problem solving, crisis and conflict management, and building diverse teams. While I consider the relationships built during the week the most valuable “take-away” from the experience, the […]

Mobile Learning Tools at School

I am excited about the learning that can happen on mobile devices (mLearning). In this post, I’ve included a few thoughts about using mLearning in schools, as well as a useful chart for choosing appropriate mLearning tools and a brief description of an activity that will engage even […]

Encourage Making Over Using

The following is an actual question, posed by an actual school librarian:   You can’t use citation generators–why?? That is awful–we need to prepare kids for the real world. In the real world we use the generators. The original post that inspired this “question from an actual school librarian” […]

Library Land

This post is inspired by  a class called Motivating 21st Century Learners at Syracuse University.  I’ve included a number of links  to articles and video clips about games and gamification throughout the post so that you can explore this topic further. At left: My team’s game creation, a spin-off of […]

Supporting Technology Integration for Teachers

School Librarians can provide important in-house opportunities for professional development, especially in the arena of the integration of technical tools that support 21st Century Learning in the classroom. Teaching teachers is clearly different from teaching younger students. In spite of the differences, the ARCS Model of Motivational Design, which focuses on […]

Motivational Mixer

American Phychological Theorist David McClelland had a theory about motivation that you are probably familiar with, even if you didn’t know exactly what it was called. The Achievement Motivation Theory is one of those so-simple-yet-so-complex ideas that is easily grasped and multilayered. Simply put, it is the idea […]