Student Engagement/ Teaching Models

Lunch in the Library

Lunch in the library? Kids eating at the computers? Students hanging out while I’m teaching? Of course! Thinking back on all the big and small changes I made as the new teacher librarian at my middle school three years ago,… Read More ›

Deja Vu

Sometimes, I watch my grandchildren with the television news as a backdrop or when adults in another room debate, rebuke, or defend the hateful adult speech, irrational adult behaviors, and nonsensical adult attitudes and actions that have become our current… Read More ›

A Maker Family and Tinker Teachers

A Maker Family Meet Wooldridge Elementary librarian Elizabeth Mikeska-Benfield, her husband Patrick, the STEAM and Maker Space coordinator at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School (PreK-8), and their two sons, Memphis (10) and Jackson (8). I met the family when we gathered for  a… Read More ›

Giving Students Choice

When collaborating with teachers, we typically have the end goal in mind. Will this be a Google Slides project, a video using iMovie, a research paper? Students typically ask, “How long does this need to be? How many slides do… Read More ›