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Exploring the Core Competencies Through the Use of Picture Books

​Teacher-Librarians using Core

This document is a work in progress. It was created by a group of teacher-librarians from Surrey Schools, District #36 as part of professional development on the Curriculum Implementation Day on November 4, 2016. If you would like to add content, please email Lynne Powell, TL Helping Teacher, and indicate core competency, title, author, summary and activity. You may also be interested in reviewing the core competencies slide share




Words to study by

​Come see the Writing on the Wall ​

​Angela Monk's blogpost about the "Word Art" on the walls of her Library Learning Commons: (visit the link for the complete post and to see more pictures.)

"Three years ago when we were making the transition from Library to Learning Commons, I wanted to "redecorate"  to reflect the change and describe what a Learning Commons was. What goes on in a Learning Commons? So, my Student Advisory Committee and I met and brainstormed verbs that described the activities that take place in our Library Learning Commons.  Words like: READ, APPLY, EVALUATE, DISCOVER, IMAGINE, CREATE, COLLABORATE, SHARE etc."



TumbleBook of the Day

A new title every day 

You can put the link (see above) on your library page, and if you have a place to insert html, here's the snippet of code that you can pasted in - see below. (If you use Destiny/Follett as your circ system, go to the homepage edit window and insert the bit of html below.) It pulls in a graphic from the TB site, and then makes that graphic clickable so the student is redirected to the BoTD. The BoTB is a short video of the book being read and and flipped through. Great for weak readers, ELL and really young kids! (Note: I can't post the html or Blogger tries to read it as code, so I've simply inserted a screen shot - you'll have to type it out by hand - sorry!)



How to make your collection last

​Book" arranging made simple

​Here's a little metaphor to help you explain to others why you weed your collection: (or watch the video and think "book" every time she says "flower"!)

"If my arrangement is starting to look a little old and tired, I pull out the faded flowers, re-arrange the hardier blooms in the extra space, and then add one or two selected fresh flowers for a ​whole new look."


"If my collection is starting to look a little old and tired, I pull out the outdated resources, re-arrange the titles that still have appeal and relevance in the new space available, and add a dozen or two selected brand new titles for a whole new look."



Libraries Are For Everyone (posters)

sharp-looking images
​to celebrate libraries 

 creative team of librarians from the Saline County Library in Benton, Arkansas
​ along with Rebecca McCorkindale developed these powerful posters for 
National Library Legislative Day
​.​ (In lots of languages too - scroll down on the linked page to see them all.)



Guided Reading: How to Make Kids Hate (or Love) to Read

our decisions that can
 a love of books

School has a way of messing up even the inherently joyful act of reading a good book.
​ ​
If I had to distill our job as elementary teachers to a few fundamentals, at the heart would be, "Make sure our students love to read." Here are four decisions that can determine whether Guided Reading nourishes a love of books or kills it.



Read More: Here's a Simple System

Read 30+ Books Per Year

Okay, so it sounds quite simplistic - foolish almost, but James Clear's message couldn't be more straightforward: do you want to read more? Then make it happen by.....wait for it....reading more!

He offers a compelling anecdote, and presents his own strategy for reading over 30 books in a year - and he is on track to do it.



Exciting YA Books to Read in 2017

​So Many Books, So Little Time!​

​The world of YA is so striking that I regularly peruse publisher lists, bookstore shelves and public library YA sections to see what's new. Check out Iva-Marie's suggestions to whet your appetite.



Halloween book displays and respectful representation.

Trick or Treat!

As October 31st draws near, the conversation often turns to the question of appropriate costumes, which includes issues of cultural appropriation and misrepresentation. This is especially true of “Aboriginal costumes.”

As you select books for your Halloween display, you might want to consider if those books have respectful images of Indigenous people.

Typically, these costumes take elements from various Nations (i.e. Native designs or symbols, head dresses, medicine bags, etc.) and weave them together in a mishmash meant to be “Indian.” However, regalia has specific and often spiritual significance. Wearing it in a haphazard or inappropriate way trivializes its meaning. In addition, because Indigenous culture has a history of being eroded and repressed in mainstream society, treating identity as a “costume” is simply another form of that erosion. Just as wearing a grab-bag of liturgical vestments from a variety of religions would be seen as bad taste, so too is wearing an “Aboriginal” costume.

--  Food for thought as we get ready for the Trick-or-treaters.



National School Library Day Colloquium

See the info below for information on this event.
(Click on the image for an enlargement)


Core Compentencies in Children's Lit

Books to Support Core Competency Work

​Thanks to Joan Pearce and Carol Walters from SD71 / Comox Valley for generating this of titles that line up nicely with the core competencies.



Choice Chapter Book Read-Alouds for a New School Year

​Read to them - they'll love these titles​

​School Library Journal offers some compelling read-aloud novels to begin the school year. You'll find short annotations and grade level recommendations for each of these titles.


The Reading Rules We Would Never Follow as Adult Readers

et us choose the books we want to read

Great blog post on choice in reading:
The number one thing all the students I have polled through the years want the most when it comes to reading.  No matter how I phrase the question, this answer in all of its versions is always at the top.  Sometimes pleading, sometimes demanding, sometimes just stated as a matter of fact; please let us choose the books we want to read.



The 7 Elements of Art - ebook

​Get ​
creative in your classroom

 KQED Art School's e-book offers opportunities to get creative in your classroom and help students build digital art and media portfolios
​. This site is good for art teachers or senior art students wanting some pointers. 


YA titles for fans of "Peculiar Children"

​Printable PDF poster​

​Promote associated titles with this poster. You could even make your own!



Natural History and more with Google Arts & Culture

For the Culturally Curious

"Discover artworks, collections and stories from all around the world in a new way. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail and easily share with your friends."



Mathigon Course Library

"mathematics is not a spectators sport"


Step by step lessons for high school and college topics:

​"​Mathematics is an essential part of our culture, just like Mozart and Shakespeare – it enables science and innovation, and describe​s​ profound truths about our universe.

Yet, the real power of mathematics is not what you lean, but how you learn: logical thinking, problem solving, reasoning and proof. It is often said that "mathematics is not a spectators sport" – you have t​o ​actively do mathematics to really understand what it is about.



Changing the Conversation About Librarians

Future Ready Teacher Librarians

Mark Ray is changing the conversation from "shh..." to "How can I help your with technology?" Mark has helped to overhaul libraries in Vancouver Public Schools in Washington state.

Mark Ray is Chief Digital Officer for Vancouver (Washington) Public Schools. Named a National School Boards Association "20 to Watch" in 2015, he has helped develop and lead 1:1 device programs, professional development, digital learning and redefining teacher librarian practices. For 20 years, we was a teacher librarian and instructional technology facilitator and was the 2012 Washington State Teacher of the Year.

​See also Joyce Valenza's blogpost


TFO Vidéos dans l’App Store

​Some good videos for the FSL/FI classroom​

​TFO is offering an app that will allow selected content to be accessed by teachers and students. There is a great range of material available for students from K-12. (Not all TFO content is accessible via the app, but it is worth taking a look.)



Audiobooks: Is listening as good as reading?

Do you need the text in front of you?

Text or audio? This article explores some of the issues...
"In a 2012 New Yorker essay, author and journalist John Colapinto added to the debate, noting that the oral tradition may have developed along with human language. Humanity's long history of storytelling -- which predates written language by tens of thousands of years -- supports the argument that our brains originally adapted to absorb long, complex fictions not by eye, but by ear, he said. [...] University of Virginia psychology professor Dan Willingham said research that breaks down how people learn to process written language suggests that once people master reading, their comprehension is the same, whether they are absorbing printed or narrated texts. "