Resource Share: The Cult of Pedagogy

For the teacher-librarian, this resource is such a good one.
The Cult of Pedagogy

This is a resource I wish I would have had when I started out teaching English to 11th and 12th graders back in the early 2000's. As an auditory/visual learner (and by the way, many of our students are these types of learners in this 21st-century world!) Jennifer Gonzales and her team nail it with all their educator-focused content.
The Cult of Pedagogy blog is loaded with usable posts and resources with which you can subscribe. Posts are chunked out into 1. Instruction 2. Classroom Management, 3. Technology.
The Cult of Pedagogy podcast is great and it's in interview, real-world format - one of my favorite styles. Gonzales interviews real educators, students, administrators and parents about school, tips of the trade, and all kinds things pedagogy. You can listen via iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.
And the Cult of Pedagogy YouTube Channel is filled with a collection of low-key, easy to unders…

Nat'l Day of Unplugging

It's on! 

Join me for the Nat'l Day of Unplugging!

The Nat'l Day of Unplugging is a collective challenge to turn it off, put it down, and just be.

How will you unplug? Will you challenge students, parents, and staff to unplug - for just a day? 
Here's a free printable to display in your library and share with your students and staff. It looks like this...

Ironically, there's a hashtag for this challenge that's interesting to follow: #nationaldayofunplugging. I'll be sure to use it! 😏

Teen Tech Week 2018

This year Teen Tech Week is March 4-10 and it's a perfect time to showcase digital resources and services available in your library to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers.

This year's theme, Libraries are for Creating, encourages teens to become content creators and to leverage library technology resources to share their creations and inventions.

Visit to sign up for free access to explore tips and tricks, access free downloads, tools, and lists, and to learn about what others are showcasing during this week.
What are you doing in your libraries to celebrate?

Read Across America Day

There are so many ways to celebrate Read Across America Day!

One way to add to the celebration of reading is by having your students visit Seussville! It's fun to hang out on this interactive website learning about the amazing Dr. Seuss!

As an educator, my favorite part is the Educator Planning Calendar that delivers resources to share with your students, news about special events and annual celebrations, and tips on how to incorporate Seuss books into your plans throughout the school year.

Share how you're celebrating via Twitter using #schsdsl and #readacrossamericaday

AASL Standards: ENGAGE #6

When one engages, one demonstrates safe, legal and ethical creating and sharing of knowledge while engaging in 
Are you still engaged after ALL six foundations?! 😉

Here are a few tidbits I scribbled down at the AASL conference:
Our society has shifted from industrial to conceptual; learners will compete in a more global community so it's essential that they know who to work independently and contribute collaboratively; learners need to blend skills, knowledge, and dispositions to contribute to the ethical exchange of ideas.

How can librarians lead in the library and in the school?
Model and facilitate positive digital citizenship.Routinely determine students' understanding of ethical participation and use that information to guide instruction at each grade level.Teach students about their responsibility to use information and ideas legally and ethically.Encourage students to select technology tools to personalize and share their learning.Inservice teachers about the ethical use…

Tech Roundup! Be Internet Awesome & Common Sense Media

Feb 22rd is Digital Learning Day so this month's Tech Roundup will focus on digital citizenship.

One of our roles as librarians is to help students navigate the digital world in a responsible and ethical way. I’m sharing two awesome resources to help you teach digital safety and citizenship fundamentals. Both are aligned with current ISTE standards, both are freely available, and both have learning games and curriculum.

Be Internet Awesome

Five fundamental topics of digital citizenship and safety:

• Share with Care (Be Internet Smart)
• Don’t Fall for Fake (Be Internet Alert)
• Secure Your Secrets (Be Internet Strong)
• It’s Cool to Be Kind (Be Internet Kind)
• When in Doubt, Talk It Out (Be Internet Brave)

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GAMES AND INTERACTIVES for elementary, middle, and high school

P.S. For an ongoing list of all the Tech RoundUps, here's the Tech RoundUp! 2018 Digest.

2018 Youth Media Awards

Each year the American Library Association honors books and media for children and teens with its Youth Media Awards. Those awards have been recently announced.
Here's the full list of all 19 awards including the ever popular Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards.

I'll quickly highlight the two biggies:

The Newbery...

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly  (click here to read and listen to a sample)

And the Caldecott...
Wolf in the Snow illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell  (click here to read and listen to a sample)

AASL Standards: EXPLORE #5

When one explores, one discovers and innovates in a growth mindset. Here are a few tidbits I scribbled down at the AASL conference:  releasing control for teachers can be uncomfortable; when students explore in a group environment, debate and discussion is a natural by-product; curiosity is piqued when kids explore on their own and in a group; the school library is a unique place that allows for individual exploration; builds self-reflection practices; let kids fail; encourage the use of the word "yet" as in: "I don't know the yet."  
What is growth mindset?  Those with a growth mindset believe growth can happen with an emphasis on effort, challenge, development, and feedback, while those with a fixed mindset tend to believe traits cannot be changed. That is not to say this is an either/or deal. We all fall somewhere on the mindset spectrum depending on the day, the circumstance, the mood, etc.

Want to learn more about growth mindset?This video explains growth min…

AASL Standards: CURATE #4

When one curates, one makes meaning by collecting, organizing, and sharing. Here are a few tidbits I scribbled down at the AASL conference:  curation of content is just as valuable as the creation of content; librarian curation can build equity and foster collaboration; helps to builds self-reflection and communication practices among students; curation build meaning and relevance for yourself and for others How can librarians lead in the library and in the school?Routinely update teachers, learners, and parents about school library resources and how they might be used.Use input from staff, students, and the library advisory board when curating materials for the library. Routinely review the collection based on scope, age, condition, and use. Weed.Expose learners to a variety of digital tools for curation and citation. Create equitable pathfinders for self-guided user support.Ensure that the district has current selection and challenge policies.Resources:Infographic
Short Student Video


When one collaborates, one uses communication strategies needed to fully participate. Here are a few tidbits I scribbled down at the AASL conference:  it’s all about community building; collaboration often makes you question your belief system because you hear opinions and ideas of others; a great way to negotiate meaning in one’s life; often helps make the problem solving process easier for kids; builds skills of 21st century learners in a diverse, collaborative world; companies seek those who have the ability to communicate effectively
How can librarians lead in the library and the school?Explicitly teach communication strategies like questioning, listening, compromise, and negotiation.Create group norms and goals when establishing learning groups.Release control and allow groups to become more independent as their collaboration skills develop.Encourage students to use a variety of communication tools and resources.Cultivate relationships with staff.Routinely practice collaboration …