Why More Teachers Need to Become Presenters

This summer I had an opportunity to present at two conferences. I’ve presented in school and in district before but this would be the first time I presented to a wider ranging, less familiar, audience. I should have been doing this years ago and so should many other teachers I …

Making Technology the Second Coolest Thing in the Room

I often talk about how I love introducing new paths to information in my school library. Any time I can demonstrate that libraries are dynamic environments that flow and change along with the world of information, I pull out my soap box. This year I was able to make my …

Primary Students Following A Path To Inquiry

Can primary grade students set their own direction for research? Can they develop their own topics? Build guiding questions? If good questions lead to more questions, than this is a terrific starting point because it has led me down a lengthy rabbit hole. One of the skills we work on …

Learning To Ask The Right Questions #PBL

Last week I had my first semi-official attempt at Project Based Learning (PBL). After a few workshop days where we were introduced to the process by Competency Education Specialist and Consultant Rose Colby, two first grade teachers and I began crafting a PBL experience. We were very excited about our …

Listening in to the Cool Kids Table with #IMMOOC Week 3

I’ve been really enjoying #IMMOOC. I’ve been enjoying the opportunity but I haven’t been taking the opportunity. I’ve been enjoying the conversations with educators from so many different places. Enjoying the conversations but not conversing. I’ve realized I’ve been sitting next to the cool kids table listening to everything that …

Waiting For Amazing

“Change is an opportunity to do something amazing” – Innovator’s Mindset, George Couros. No pressure. Just be Amazing. While reading the opening pages of The Innovator’s Mindset I immediately found myself full of questions about my teaching practice. Questions that led to ideas to try in my library program. Mostly …