Thursday, April 27, 2017

Celebrating YOU During Teacher Appreciation Week!

Next week, May 1-5, is Teacher Appreciation Week.  This is a wonderful time to celebrate all of the amazing things that teachers do for their students, others within the building and families.

Teachers make a difference every single day.
Follett has something very special to show appreciation for teachers.  They are giving away tools to support different parts of the classroom and teaching every day throughout the week of May 1-5.
All you have to do to enter is use #FollettClassroom on social media during this week.  You are entered to win a daily giveaway by using the hashtag each day.

Check out the prizes and official rules here.  
Also, on Follett's Teacher Appreciate page you will find this fun video of authors sharing teachers who inspired them and....
the #FollettClassroom Storify too.

We can't wait to read the stories you post on Twitter and Facebook using #FollettClassroom.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all of the terrific teachers out there.  Thank you for everything you deserve a week of celebrations!  

What A Fun Poem In Your Pocket Day Celebration! You Can Watch & Have Fun Too!

Today is the day!  

It is Poem In Your Pocket Day and we had a very special celebration this afternoon I want to share.  

Four libraries and their librarians and teachers came together to celebrate using Google Hangout Live. Our group included teachers librarians Craig Seasholes in Washington; Heather Fox and Kim James, in Iowa; and Michelle Griffith and Karyn Lewis in Texas....along with wonderful teachers and lots of awesome kids! 

But the SUPER cool thing....Because it was a GHO Live we were able to share the link so other schools and libraries could watch around the world!  

To make this Poem In Your Pocket Day even more special we were joined by Emily Arrow, Robert Forbes, Blake Hoena from Cantata Learning and Mrs. P to sing, share stories and poetry. We had so much fun creating, reading and listening to the poems in the pockets from the students too.  

You will find the recording of our Live Google Hangout in the Buncee above.  Feel free to watch with your students and share too.  

Here are a few of the pictures that we took and shared of our time together.  I will keep adding them here so please share too.  

Thank you friends.  You always make this one of the best days of the year!  
And I loved it at the end when Emily sang Find A Book, one of the Cantata Learning Library Skills titles which are available August 1, 2017.  

I wrote these four books and Emily arranged and produced the music.  It was so much fun singing along with all of the students in their libraries.  
You can listen and sing along to Find A Book and all four of the Library Skills Set here on the Cantata Learning site. 

And remember...if you missed todays LIVE event, you can watch it with your kids later too.  Thank you Alexis for sharing this with us....we love seeing you and your kids having fun with us. 
We hope you all had a fun day celebrating Poem In Your Pocket Day too! 

The Day USA....The Perfect Place For Media & News Literacy!

With media literacy and fake news being such hot topics in education and the world, we need resources and teaching tools that will support our students in the library, classroom and home.  

The Day USA is just what we need!  

And guess what? 
I am very excited to share that Follett has announced they are the exclusive distributor on The Day USA within the United States. 

Let me tell you a about The Day USA so you can see what an amazing resource this will be for your students and school community too!  
The Day USA supplies high-interest articles in an online daily news service for schools. 
They write daily articles and features for every subject including news, government, economics, science, sports, geography, culture, ELA and more.  In fact, The Day USA has a resource-bank of over 5000 articles and more each week.  
The Features focus on big topics throughout the week including Briefing, Opinion and The Big Issue to name a few.   
The Day USA can be used as a platform for rich discussions and learning experiences.  

You will find The Week's Agenda includes various ways to get your students even more excited and involved with the news and information on The Day USA.  

I can see so many ways to use...
You Decide,  
Weekly Quiz,  
and Choose The News with students as a class, small group and as they read The Day USA independently.  

It would be powerful for them to pull these features up with their families to ignite conversations at home too.  

The Day USA helps teacher librarians and educators in so many ways.  It connects to the latest events from the around the world to the curriculum while developing our students research and critical thinking skills.  It also helps our students read things they are passionate about and expand their thinking and interests by putting exciting new content in front of them.  

The Day USA also saves teacher librarians and educators so much time with lots of teaching materials that are ready to go!  

Check these out...
Everything we need to make a difference with The Day USA in our libraries and schools too.  

If you use Destiny in your library, The Day USA can be integrated and is searchable by the OneSearch option.  

According to a press release on March 1, 2017, Nader Qaimari, President of Follett School Solutions, states, 

The Day USA succeeds on its promise of inspiring curiosity, sparking dialogue and debate, and helping students with media literacy by evaluating information critically and competently, all the while reporting the trust, balance and reason. 

The Day USA offers a pro-con structure to its articles as well as a social platform that genuinely engages students as it allows them to cast votes on questions posted.  Plus, it continues to expand the library into the classroom, something at Follett to which we are wholly committed.  

To learn more about The Day USA please visit the site here.  

You will also find more information on the Follett site here or contract your local Follett library representative.