- Consider what are the “ambulance moments” at your school and put your focus there – ours might be going 1:1 and how to really use the laptops so they aren’t just big flash drives
- We sometimes give credit to students when really, it should go to a computer programmer (Glogster) – strip it down and find what is the actual content and assess based on that
- Librarians are integral to Common Core implementation with its focus on critical thinking and reading and understanding difficult texts
- Teach on your feet, not your knees
- Your collection – be it crap that’s outdated, books that are falling apart, or that it’s limited to simple books that don’t challenge students’ thinking – sends a message to your students about what you believe they deserve – Consider the message you’re sending!
- Diversity in the collection is so important – my professor told a story about a year her school got new textbooks, and on the first day, one little girl cut out a picture in the textbook. She was asked why she did that, and she said it was the first time she’d seen a person who looked like her (she was black) in a book, and she wanted to take it home to show her mom. It matters, and even if it’s one student or none, it’s a bigger world out there. We owe it to our students to prepare them for it, including embracing a diverse collection.
Linda Sue Park is one of my favorite authors. I read A Single Shard with a elementary school book discussion group the year it won a Newbery Medal, and shared Project Mulberry with many a reader at the public library. So when I saw that she has a poetry book, I had to check it out:
Which library would you want to visit?