Teacher Librarian

Teacher Librarian:The Journal of School Library Professionals K-12, is a technical journal covering issues for library professionals working with children and young adults. Founded in 1972, Teacher Librarian is published bimonthly except the month of August in Lanham, Md. It was previously titled Emergency Librarian. Dr. David Loertscher is the editor.

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 1, October

A Writing Challenge: Five Hundred Books in Three Weeks
Teacher-librarians, your school needs a writing challenge! Look what happened when we asked our school community to write 500 books in three weeks! A SCHOOL-WIDE CHALLENGE TO WRITE I view my new role as a teacher-librarian as one where I construct...
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Bestsellers
BESTSELLERS GRADE LAST LEVEL ISSUE FICTION l. Catching fire. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic. S -- 978-0-439-02349-8. ...
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Cultivating Curious Minds: Teaching for Innovation through Open-Inquiry Learning
Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.--Robinson, 2006 Today, perhaps more than ever, the world is looking for people with innovative spirits, who seek and take on new challenges, develop...
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Empower, Transition, Grow
This has been a fascinating issue to assemble concerning reading and writing in the contemporary library media center/learning commons. At press time two fascinating ideas created quite a stir on the Internet. The first was an article in The New...
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Getting Students to Write Using Comics
Drawing is easier for me than writing, but writing is more important. Help your child to write if you want that child to: Do well in school, enjoy self-expression, and become more self-reliant (U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational...
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Giving Readers What They Want: An Interview with M.T. Anderson
M.T. Anderson is the renowned author of The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, which is comprised of two volumes that have won several major awards including the 2006 National Book Award for Young People and the 2009 Michael L. Printz Honors. ...
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Grammarlogues
Grammarlogues. Grammarlogues, Inc. (www.grammarlogues.com). Grades 6-12. Devote eight minutes per day to teaching grammar and have students learn it! Does this sound impossible? Check out the computer and online based teaching that takes place with...
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Graphic Novels, Digital Comics, and Technology-Enhanced Learning: Part 2
An elementary student scans concert tickets for her graphic autobiography. An eighth grader creates a comic to explain a pre-algebra problem. A teen draws images for her graphic novel set in Ancient Greece. From writing graphic novels to creating...
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Information You Can Use
NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY WEEK CANADA Celebrate science and technology with over 100 organizations and thousands of Canadians, October 16-25! This year's conference, which is focused on the theme of "Exploration and Discovery: Past, Present,...
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Innovation through Open-Inquiry Learning in the Learning Commons: Will Open-Inquiry Build Children's Innovative Thinking and Doing?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious.--Albert Einstein Then there is the instinct of making--the constructive impulse. The child's impulse to find expression first in play, in movement, and make believe,...
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Inquiry Based Writing Workshop
Second-grade teacher, Nancy, was interested in providing her students with rich engagements with non-fiction texts and for help she came to me, the teacher-librarian in her K-5 school with weekly scheduled time for collaborating with classroom teachers....
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Making the Impossible Dream Come True: The Ohio Quest to Serve Students
Unbelievable! On July 17, 2009, Ohio Educational Library Media Association's (OELMA) leaders shared the same reaction. "I cannot believe it.... It is impossible." For nearly ten years, the OELMA has consistently and persistently worked toward the...
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P&P: Paper Is Reading, Pencil Is Writing
If you were a contraction (Word fun). Trisha Speed Shaskan. Picture Window, 2009. $23.98. 978-1-4048-4772-9. Grades 1-3. Entertaining pigs play through daily situations learning to use contractions. The text reads like a story, while the fact boxes...
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Reading and Writing Online
Learning to read and write can come quite easily to some students. However, there are a number of students who struggle to gain these much needed skills. Success in the classroom and in life depends on the ability to read, communicate, or write....
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Reading, School Culture, Libraries, and a Three-Legged Stool
Note: Before reading this reflection, read Brian Goodman's research review article "Culture, the 'Secret Sauce' of School Improvement" at http://www.mcrel.org/product/379 (check the table of contents). COWS, STOOLS, AND MILK Many years ago, growing...
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Spotlight on Sara Kelly Johns
TL's Editors Sara Kelly Johns has been the library media specialist for grades 6-12 at Lake Placid Middle/High School since 1999 (supervising the Lake Placid elementary school library for two years), and taught the same middle/senior high level...
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The Computer World Is A-Changin'
The demise of the classic online service CompuServe on July 1 is more testimony about the inescapable movement of time and the ever-shifting positions of the heavy-weights in the computer industry. In its day, CompuServe ruled the online roost....
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The Role of a School Library in a School's Reading Program
As a foundational element of schooling, learning to read and reading to learn is every bit as important in the 21st century as it has ever been. Whether interacting online, doing assignments, taking tests, or social networking, the ability to read...
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Using Fan Fiction to Teach Critical Reading and Writing Skills
"I'm working on my next unit with my pre-service teacher and we are thinking of doing creative writing with a twist. Do you have any suggestions?" asked Michele Hood a seventh grade language arts teacher, as we discussed the progression of the current...
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Writing Comes Alive in the LMC!
IF writing is the other side of reading, why is it that even students who enjoy reading are often reluctant to write? For primary students this may be a function of small motor skills, development, and experiential background. Pencils are hard to...
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You & Technology = an Intellectual Footprint
I am a fairly good cook. I am usually able to make many different dishes out of key ingredients my family and friends enjoy To hear my husband talk, there are only a few meals in our 35 years of marriage that he would not repeat. And our waistlines...
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