Recommended! Outstanding Books for the College Bound

*This post was originally published in the course blog of INFO 266: Research and Discussion Forum I’m sure many teachers and librarians are well-acquainted with the Young Adult Library Association’s online list Outstanding Books for the College Bound, but you may not know there is a book by the same title. The book version expands on […]

Writing for Authentic Audiences #4: Blog Ahead!

What is a blog anyway? In a world of Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, Google Sites, Wix, Weebly, Twitter and Pinterest, where do blogs fit in? Here’s my own working definition: A blog— Is written using web-based tools. Contains several entries organized in reverse chronological order. Is based on EITHER writer interests or some kind of central theme. […]

Are School Libraries Providing Adequate Collections of LGBTQ-Themed Literature?

The original version of this post was published on the course blog for Information 266 (SJSU iSchool).  Right now I’m in the middle of a collection development course at San Jose State’s iSchool where I’m working on a teacher librarianship credential. As part of my studies, I read a report about the state of lesbian, gay, […]

Teacher Librarianship Here I Come

For me, the journey toward teacher librarianship has been surprising—surprising in a very good way. Having taught seventh and eighth grade English for seventeen years, I thought I knew what was possible in a school library. In short, I did not. The discipline is both more robust and more specific than I expected. I am discovering librarianship is more […]

Writing for Authentic Audiences #3: Youth Writing Contests

A sense of audience—knowing that someone beyond the teacher will read what the students have written—is crucial to the success of writing workshop.  – Nancie Atwell, In the Middle  In her book, In the Middle: A Lifetime of Learning about Writing, Reading, and Adolescents, Nancie Atwell suggests seventeen ways student writers can go public. Number one on the […]

How to Create a Class Anthology with iBooks Author

This year I decided to try iBooks to publish student memoirs. Why iBooks? Here are some of my reasons: My school district will probably go 1:1 with iPads for students this year or next, so I wanted to practice using an iOS-specific app like iBooks. While you can only read the iBook version on an iPhone, […]

How to Create a Class Anthology with Google Slides

With the right formatting, a slide deck can have the look and feel of a simple e-book. I use Google slides because it allows collaboration and makes it extremely simple to publish  and share. First, create a template of master slides to share with students. Share the template. You can do this several ways: Post […]