Student Engagement/ Teaching Models

Summer Reading Revamped

When my friend Rachee talks of summer reading, she’s talking about awesome programs, games, snacks, and prizes. When I talk of summer reading, I’m talking about that thing that most students will say ruins their summers. Like many schools, mine… Read More ›

Flipping In the Library

The Idea: The flipped classroom model has gained popularity over the past several years. It has students watch a lesson at home and then apply it at school.  This method allows students to do the practice and hands-on experiences in the… Read More ›

Apps For Sharing Learning

If your library is a flexible learning space, you may be wondering how students can document and share their learning. The first- and second-grade students at Colchester Elementary School have fallen in love with two apps, Book Creator and Seesaw,… Read More ›

Specials Collaboration

The middle school curriculum at my school includes one period that we refer to as “Specials.” During this period, the 5th, 6th, and 8th grade students have two days of visual arts, two days of information skills (our fancy term… Read More ›

Survey the Students

Why Survey Students: Maybe you administer a student survey every year, or maybe you have never surveyed your students. With all of the evaluation systems required by programs like “Race To the Top,” etc. and with every state setting different guidelines for librarian evaluation,… Read More ›