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I Speak, You Speak, We all squeak for Neil Gaiman’s “The Graveyard Book”

Some incredible speakers on Gaiman’s audio tape of “The Graveyard Book.” You could use this with students to inspire them or teach speaking skills.

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Blogging about Books

When I took the Coetail course 3 years ago I started a book blog and became active in Goodreads. You would think after 500 reviews I would be feeling pretty confident about book reviewing, but if anything I realize how … Continue reading

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Want to be on the Newbery or Caldecott committee?

Coming fresh off the ALA conference I wondered how people got on the Newbery or Caldecott committees that vote for winners. Shelly Diaz wrote an interesting and informative article on the process in School Library Journal. I would not be … Continue reading

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ALA conference

The ALA conference in Las Vegas had 30,000 participants! What an author bonanza. Here is me with Mo Willems getting his newest book. I ended up collecting 70 books! Most were free. I met more authors than I could count… … Continue reading

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Mapping library with iPad apps

Spice up your library locating skill lessons by using the iPad. I read the book, Henry’s Map by David Elliot, and then grade 1 students used the iPads to map where the book was in the library. I let them … Continue reading

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How to videos using eBooks

I taught grade 5 students how to use Follettshelf and Overdrive, but know that many students didn’t have enough practice to comprehend all the steps. I had students get in groups of 3 and they could choose any iPad App … Continue reading

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Author Visit – Grace Lin

Grace Lin is visiting our school! If you are looking for author visit ideas I thought this might be of help in triggering ideas. Each grade level read a book and did a lesson to prepare for her visit. We … Continue reading

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Using Evernote for Coaching Tennis

I have taken three classes from the Positive Coaching Alliance that stress a 5:1 ratio of giving students 5 positive comments to every criticism. Last year I had small sheets of paper all over the place and wanted to be … Continue reading

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15-17 Rotation Musings

I’m going all iPads next year and no laptops. Kindergarten-grade 2: We read new books. Next rotation grade 2 will use Destiny Quest on the iPad and be introduced to searching. One unique feature with the iPads is students can … Continue reading

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14th Rotation – that time of year

My schedule turns topsy-turvy this time of year. Between camp Taiwan, field trips, CPT4 – er… or is it the CTP4 …or the CPR4? and the WRAP… (is there another P in there?) combine those and you have (drum roll) … Continue reading

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