Showing posts from March, 2018

21st Century School Library Award

South Dakota School Librarians! It's time to apply for the 21st Century School Library Award
This yearly award given by the SD State Library demonstrates the importance and strength of not only your library but libraries as a whole. The SD State Library recognizes schools with libraries that meet the characteristics of a 21st Century school library through its program, place, and professional. The State Library is an entity of the SD Dept. of Ed. and this award also indicates to stakeholders that you are an outstanding teacher-librarian and a leader in your profession.

Applications can be submitted through May 1.

To apply follow the steps below:

STEP 1: Complete the self-assessment tool here to see if you are eligible to proceed with the formal application. If you score 75 points or higher, then proceed to Steps 2 and 3. If you don’t meet 75 points you are not eligible to apply for the award; however, you still have the benefit of having completed the self-assessment. This is me…

April is School Library Month!

How are you gearing up for School Library Month?

Every April school librarians around the country celebrate School Library Month. They do this promoting and hosting activities to that promote how strong school library programs can help patrons make connections to learning and the world around them.

New this year is AASL's handy resource guide of activities and ideas to help you plan for four weeks of celebration with the weekly subthemes:
Making Learner Connections
Making Educator Connections
Making Community Connections
Making Global Connections

Take a look at the website for free printables and downloads, ideas and activities, proclamations, and a video from this year's spokesperson, New York Times bestselling author, Jason Reynolds.

From Jason Reynolds... "Here's what I know: I know there are a lot — A LOT — of young people who hate reading. I know that many of these book haters are boys. I know that many of these book-hating boys, don't actually hate books, th…

Tech Round Up! Love Those Free Chrome Extensions

If you're a Chrome browser user (and so many of us are!) you really should check out the Chrome Web Store for extensions. These one-click installs and easy-to-use tiny little software programs will simplify your online life. Extensions allow you to tailor how the Chrome browser functions to better serve your online habits and preferences. There are tons and tons of extensions which can be overwhelming, so let me share three free Chrome extensions that have served me well.

Notes for Google Drive
You know when you're at a conference and are frantically trying to open a Word doc so you can type out notes? Have you ever emailed yourself links that you want to access later? Notes for Google Drive allows you to, with one click of the extension icon, open up a Google Doc. (aka Note) that will live in your Google Drive in the Notes folder. As soon as you start typing on the Note, it's automatically saved to Google Drive. No more emailing yourself or having to open up a Word docume…

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