Welcome and greet each participant, ask each to begin activity and place ticket in bucket Thanks for comingGlad youre hereSo nice you cameGood to see youWow, How exciting to se soo many wonder teacher-librarians. Let’s begin….
Welcome to the 9th annual librarian to librarian Networking Summit here at East Carolina University. My name is Teresa Wetherell and I will be your facilitator today.
A little information about me….I currently serve as librarian at Highcroft Drive Elementary School in Wake County. I have over 20 years experience as librarian and 8 years as a classroom teacher. I worked in three states, 6 districts, automated 2 libraries and have served in parochial, private and public schools. I had the wonderful exciting experience of opening a school library at a brand new school in 2001 which was awesome. 8 of those years I was librarian I served at an inner city school with over 85% F and R lunch….Very diverse, but was the most rewarding position I ever held. My current school has less than 2% F and R Lunch, which is a huge contrast. I am also still learning! Everyday! And I love my work.
The PURPOSE of today’s discussion is to help us make the most out of the time we have with students….on a fixed schedule….I try to advocate for flexible scheduling, however I have not been successful…..I was halfway there almost
And with a fixed schedule and taking care of an entire school with everything changing I sometimes feel like a chameleon. Times are changing, our position changes, out title changes, our evaluation has changed…so with all the experience we have as a combined group I am asking you to
Share!!!!!!!!!!!! In order for us to get as much out of this short session, please don’t hold back. However, I warn you we have lots to cover today and I am hopeful we will allBring something back to our schools we can use….
I have divided our session into three catagories and these will be the points for pondering about during our time together……time, tools and teaching…teaching will be the bulk of our session.
So lets’ get started….Time! We only have so much…today and in your classes. Even though we are on a fixed schedule we have to consider our time with students and our schedule
This is how we introduce ourselves at workshops/conferences….It all comes down to one issue…Are you.Full OR fixed”There is modified, half, flex but, some flex, but, planning but, lunch but, cover duties, but printers, tech etc.**** I have a story….. I thought I was making a breakthrough about fixed and flex schedule…..my principal said I would be flex 3-5 then 4-5 then he said he would make me flex 4-5….but put me on a schedule….I had this look…make the look….Yeah…ive had this look for a long time….
I’ve got proof I perfected this look almost 53 years ago. So anyway…..without playing the blame game as we still continue to advocate what is best for our students but until then…I will use what I have to do the best I can to engage students.
But I want you to remember….don’t get bogged down in wishing for something you don’t have today..Don’t play the blame game…im talking to myself….Remember back, way back…when you got your first position as a teacher/librarian we can still be the inspiration on a fixed schedule…,.,quote and baby….we’re going to tear up the dance floor.,so things may have changed…..good feeling….some things you can control some things you can’t…make the most of what you have with the time and tools you have at your disposal. Make a list of what you can do to change for the better TODAY…DISCUSS WITH FRIEND.
Quickly share your schedule with your neighbor…..think of 3 positive characteristics….see every student at my school…that’s my superpower, classroom teachers can’t say that. To get you started… I have 3 classes with a break for lunch and 3 more classesMy planning is first thing everyday. Lets hear some positive characteristics….Now that you have a good feeling about your schedule….embrace it…it is what it is….lets move on to…….
TOOLS: Sometimes we don’t have a say in our schedule or the tools that we have to use…but again, remember….we’re going to learn to dance in the rain.
Its not about wishing…its what you have NOW…that you can use today.
So this is what I have in my library to use….It keeps me focused as to what I have but I also have to think of the time I have to use it and what Im using it for.I am also in charge of allowing other teachers sign up to use the media center’s computer lab….
The truth is what we’ve discovered so far….No two libraries are exactly alike…..It is usually site based, based on the principal’s philosophy…..different ideas……Again, we have to make it work for our students…We have to tailor it to feet our student;s needs….and the population we have which brings us to the most important category….why we do what we do….and we are the experts….
So what is the purpose of technology….why do you use it. What is your best/favorite tech …..integration lesson? How do you use it…..Which segways to our final, but most important point…..TEACHING…..
We teach students, teachers, parents, principal, vice principal, guidance counselors, AIG, ….everyone at school.
So what drives your instruction? Where do you get your ideas? Share out loud.
I use this as one resource to drive my instruction….your thoughts/ keeps me focused. I also have to show my artifacts/activities I ve done, lesson plans….orgainizations, digital portfolio/notbook….Very thorough….5 standards….raised the bar this year with the new instrument. Forces you to collaborate, differentiate, cooperate, delegate,
When I was reflecting what drives my instruction, I “mind” my Ps and Qs…..I first think of Pupils….Number 1 priority…My peers, teachers. What are their needs, enhance their instruction, reinforce concepts? Promote literacy, reading independly….The principal …..and Parents….If they were sitting in my library at any given time….would I be happy with the Quality of my lessons…with the quantity of work I have to do or the many classes I teach? 39 classes with 37 good fit book lessons….whew!!!! Include book selection, book talks, reading advocacy…the list goes on and on
It takes a team to put together a school and you should be the heart of the school or team…..Together everyone achieves more! All great, but what about COLLABORATION?I cooperate or coordinate at best I feel sometimes. True collaboration is very difficult for those on a fixed schedule. Expecially when you can’t attend their PLTs and you feel like youre on an island….
Whenyour principal comes in to observe or bring visitors are you excited for him to see you in action?Do you support the common core? Would he be impressed? Sometimes we have to educate the educated….story about Non Fiction real pictures.ITES?Teach skills in isolation? I have to say, with a fixed schedule I don’t know how to have inquiry based instruction in 20 minutes or less.21st century learners….small groups, etc
Did your suggestions include any of these? What about coloring sheets? Again, I really have to planStory…Library Lion I was Livid….
What about library centers/rotations/stations/ do you use….how do you feel about them? Pinterest plethora of ideas. I have to say I was not a fan at first but after seeing some ideas, I believe they have merit…depending on concept/purpose. Probably wouldn’t use all the time. That’s how I feel now….I do like the small groups, collaboration between peers…Max’s dragon with rhyming words….I have five tables that I rotate with various levels of rhyming words….they love it. Bill Peet’s ant and the elephant….author study…author’s message, tie in non fiction animal books for research….have tables to sort animals by height, weight, colors, abc order….using pictures and nonfiction books.
As I mentioned with my nonfiction…titanic…fouth grade. Opinion writing…should the titanic be raised? Why found differences in sources/primary documents. Introduce I read Polar the titanic bear.
I had never heard of this, but I use it. I didn’t know what it was called. You can use as a literacy/ or other content area station. Math/guesstimate, promotion, etc. They took it upon themselves to find out about our turtle.. Red eared slider. Who knew? Obstical course around library with literacy ideas using math/graphs.
NC MC EAInstrument…
Show attendees my sources
How many of you use the NCCBA Activity Booklet? This is my third year. Story: I read the nccb picture book nominees aloud to first and fourth grades during their media special for 4 weeks…give or take…they are book buddies and teachers use some of the activities to work together as a follow up to the picture books… teachers in the upper grades are encouraged to read the chapter books aloud or encourage student check out….. One idea two grade levels, 12 classes with specials….focus
Purpose: supports reading, advocating libraries, come up with own ideas (if you have the time) two years…first year read aloud and vote, then we had the situation with book buddies and it was a fiasco…. We still vote….I did this presentation for first and fourth grade teachers to get them on board and to brainstorm…Once they see you have created this for them, they can adapt it to their needs….
Great for CCSS…1.RL (standards for literature) 1.RI (standards for reading informational text Ites: 1.SI. 1 resources as relevant for a given purpose/1in1.1 classify as nF or F 1.in.1.2 compare inportant facts Technology as a tool to reinforce (simple research process) Science: Eco systems 1L1 and 1l12 1.l2.2 Social Studies….1.g.1 1.g.2 4H2
Shared with text pairing….think about text sets with nccba, please add your thoughts good, bad, how you would use? This is good for older students as well…..my librarian is a camel. A long walk to water. The one and only ivan. I use all the time with kinders with simple literature with informational text….sometimes I don’t always go with ccss, but with ites….This can mean simple to complex….from f/nf on one animal to comparing and analyzing multiple texts on the same subject or event or with differing points of view.
Grade level content (science, social studies, math (tech) plus non fiction plus fiction gives a broader spectrum from which students can develop their schema.
What is a scientist?
Kindergarteners: I want them to love books, the library and know that reading is fun. I read to them every time they come to the library. First graders: Author studies; Second: Begin with Patricia Polacco and tell them my secret! All: Good Fit Books, Earth Day, Kindness in January. I use the above focus to keep from teaching skills in isolation. Technology as a tool; not a learning outcome!
This was an interactive slide a third grader created. I took them to biography.com to get the pictures, and to hyperlink. He wanted it to look old. I think he did an amazing job. Steve Prefontaine quote…to give anything less that your best is to sacrifice the gift.
Inspire, engage, learn, have fun….Mix it upkeep the kids wanting to come back for more.Love our library, not lots of laughs….
Use with 3rd grade beginning of year. Right after good fit book lesson. Teachers request every year.
Figurative Language introduction. Work with third graders.
Share your personal favorite stories or excerpts sometimes…….It doesn’t matter if you read aloud award winning books…if you don’t like it, the students will pick up on that. Model the fluency and expression you want your students to hear. They do not have this opportunity in the classroomYou must be excited to read and feel the mood….Chris Van Allsburg books are the best for teaching inferencing.
Our purpose is simple….our mission, and yes we did chose to accept it…and it is changing every day its about fun, support, teaching, advocating, sharing, guiding, inspiring, building a love of learning. And be the go to person for everyone in the school.
BLE best librarian ever! How do people perceive you AT YOUR SCHOOL? Marion the librarian or super librarian with super powers at your fingertips…not all superheros wear capes you know….
Award Winning Challenges…Did your favorite win? : Picture Books: Newbery: Genre Wheel/Web: Reading Promise:
These are a few of the winners that included in the ppt….
I hyperlinked some activities for you…..
More text sets I used in class for supporting the teacher’s request. Mock vote. wrote
Call out some friends.,
Change it up a bit for older kids. Work with teams, use as a center
Another idea, must prove answer with book title.
Ecu library summit 2014
With a friend or
“new found friend”
please make a list
of literary friends.
Example: Pooh & Piglet
to dance in
“Think of three positive characteristics with
your current schedule.”
Please, make a mental
inventory of the technology
and tools you have at your
disposal to use TODAY!
For each class:
In the library :
(40 – 45 minutes include)
5 minute book check in
15 minute book selection
20 minutes to read aloud
Computer / Technology
30 computers (36)
Camera with recorder
Read to self area
Identify Text Features
Find out more
Share one good
“go to” source you find
useful in planning
North Carolina Media Coordinator Evaluation
Media Specialist Collaboration Form (quarterly)
Library Sparks Magazine
Quick Reference Guide for the North Carolina Standard Course of
Study, DPI 2012 (IRT)
The Common Core Lesson Book K-5, by Gretchen Owocki
(Heinemann; Portsmouth, NH), 2012 (CCSS) & (ITES)
(Fourth Graders will relate
animals to North Carolina)
GLC + NF+ F= Success
( New Understanding )
(Multiple NF texts can be added depending
on objective or standard)
Show “Frozen” book trailer
Ask: What character trait was
What makes a person kind?
Follow up: Share: Have you
filled a bucket today?
Coretta Scott King Medal
with book Coretta
Share times about kindness
What can you do to show
kindness to others
Read aloud, discuss ducks and
Picture walk with NF book,
Discuss differences with species
using a Venn Diagram
Companion or introduce with:
Make way for ducklings (rmcloskey)
Magic Finger (rdahl)
Trumpet of the Swan (ebwhite)
Science notebook/Field journaling
After reading Me…Jane, ask students if
they know other scientists.
You can read about her life
in the biography, Jane Goodall,
Animal Scientist. I also like to
pair with Koko’s kitten (long).
*The One and Only Ivan (older)
Discuss introduce sign language
Types of monkeys.
(Habitat and location)
Passion for conservation,
Pair with Aesop ‘s Lion
and Mouse fable
The Ant and the Elephant
by Bill Peet
Slowly Sloth (ecarle)
(Mouse, Sloth, Frog, Bear
Tiger, Elephant research)
Art form in books
Google Earth (NYC)
“Compair” with Penguin and
Pinecone by Salina Yoon
Hank finds an egg
by Rebecca Dudley
An Egg is Quiet by Diana Hutts
Show different cities with their cityscape (NYC, Boston, Seattle,
Blue has a blog at:
Food Groups (Nutrition)
Chocolate (How to make
Process writing (How to)
Pair with Where the Wild
Things Are by Maurice
Habitats for different bears
Pair with Every Autumn
Comes the Bear by Jim
Bear Snores On by Karma
Knut by Craig Hatkoff (NF)
Pair with Goldilocks and the
Three Dinosaurs by Mo
Compare with traditional
story of “The Three Bears”
Use for study of urban and
Reader’s Theatre “Stick
Puppets” (or bookmarks)
Baby Animals (Zooborns)
Bears (Different species)
Pair with Blueberries for
Sal by Robert
Take a nature walk
Explore colors in nature
Construct a color
Frog and Toad books
Connects to Kevin O’Malley’s,
Dark, Dark, Room by Alvin
Creepy Carrots by Aaron
Pair with Donna Washington’s
video from Book Hive:
“Red Red Lips”
2013 Caldecott Honor Book
Compare with Peter Rabbit
and Mr. McGregor’s
Great writing inspiration
Activity to connect with
Read aloud on Youtube at
Iditarod (Akiak, Balto, and Togo)
People who have overcome
challenges (Helen Keller)
Titanic (Polar, the Titanic Bear)
Lewis and Clark (Sacajawea)
by Jake Vincent
Helen Keller with Anne Sullivan
Dr. Ben Carson
Students recall what
teachers have used as a
fix up strategy in
Read aloud Baloney with
Students use strategies to
figure out words
Students share answers
Read again with answers
(Suzie sells shells on the
Students can listen to book by
Bob McLeod (be ready for
Each student can make their
own Super Hero tongue
Other books to consider:
Some Smug Slug by Pamela
To encourage students to want to
come back to the library and
promote a love of reading
To show teachers my support by
enhancing their instruction and
promote a love of reading
To create lessons which inspire
and are meaningful with a
purpose and promote a love of
To provide students and staff with
a school librarian who provides
information, services, and
guidance which is needed for
learning to take place,
and promote a love of reading
“Locomotive,” by Brian Floca
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures,” by Kate DiCamillo
Coretta Scott King Award
“P.S. Be Eleven,” by Rita Williams-Garcia
“Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me,” illustrated by Bryan Collier;
written by Daniel Beaty
“Midwinterblood,” written by Marcus Sedgwick
Pura Belpre Award
Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
“Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale,” illustrated and written
by Duncan Tonatiuh
Robert F. Sibert Award
“Parrots over Puerto Rico,” by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore (Honor)
“Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin,” written by Jen Bryant
“Locomotive,” written by Brian Floca
Youth Award Winners/Honor Books January 2014
Locomotive by Brian Floca (A curriculum guide)
Train by Elisha Cooper
Pancho Rabbit and the coyote by Duncan Tonatiuh (similar retelling of Little Red
Esperanza Rising by Pamela Nunoz Ryan
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
Watermelon for everyone by Martha Rose Woodward
A splash of red; The life and art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant
(Art, biography, painting, perseverance, letter writing, creating a timeline)
Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore
Companion read with The Mangrove Tree (Roth and Trumbore)
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award
Knock Knock; My dad’s dream for me by Daniel Beaty
Text Sets, Comparing texts, Pointof view
(lexile levels and nonfiction)
Persuasion to be President
So you want to be President?
If I ran for President
Duck for President
My teacher for President
I use these to have students write an opinion paper. Who
would be the best president? Why? (Three reasons with
Students will move beyond text features and
explore text structures; The pair of titles below
follow a chronological structure. I also use
Yellowstone Moran as an example when
teaching field journaling/sketching with Lewis
and Clark Unit.
The Camping Trip that changed America by Barb
Yellowstone Moran: Painting the American West
by Lita Judge
Turtle in the sea by Jim Arnosky
On Kiki’s Reef by Carol Malnot
Carolina’s Story by Donna Rathmell
Turtle summer: A Journal for my daughter by Mary
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (The consequences and
actions of using/abusing environment)
Tell me, Tree by Gail Gibbons (The roll trees
play in our lives and identification)
Journey by Aaron Becker
Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak
Harold and the purple crayon by Crockett
Use with NF Castles by David Macaulay for
picture walk; spark imagination/architecture
Story of Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
(Great for construction of timeline)
The story of snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by
Mark Cassino with Jon Nelson, Ph.D.
Snow Globe Family by Jane O’Connor
The Snowy Day by Jack Ezra Keats
Snow by Cynthia Rylant
Snip, Snip…Snow! by Nancy Podar (How to make snowflakes
in back of book/How-to process)
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
Snowzilla by Janet Lawler
Snow Dude by Daniel Kirk
Winter is for snow by Robert Neubecker
(References to winter holidays)
George and Martha
Frog and Toad
Pooh and Piglet
Charlotte and Wilbur
Gerald and Piggy
Trixie and Knuffle
Frodo and Sam
Pan and Tink
Dorothy and Toto
Tom and Huck
Rat and Mole
Dragon and Apple
Harry, Ron & Hermione
Henry and Mudge
Rotten Ralph and Sara
Henry and Beezus
Mr. Putter and Tabby
Minnie and Moo
Mercy and Baby Lincoln
Greg and Rowley
Christopher Robin and
Jack and Annie
Clifford and Emily
100 Acre Wood
Mr. McGregor’s Garden