I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of http://www.GettingBoysToRead.com. Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school…"
"I'm finding that this book is creating a bridge to help those in my district who maybe don't understand inquiry or what a great library can provide. Some of the sample lessons even show the school librarian in a collaborative role.…"
"Hey, where is everybody? I've been distracted by a project about standards revisions...
One of the best sentences in the book is on p.69 "Real researchers do not use index cards anymore." I have seen high school students melt into a…"
"It's fascinating because I see a lot of teachers who use the linear research models as a kind of classroom management. Structuring the task helps them keep things manageable.
Thinking out loud and making our own thinking, questioning, and…"
"Thinking about "research-alouds" -- I'd love to hear what others are doing to model research in the library. Do any of you keep a research notebook that you share with the students? How can we help students to see and hear us engaging…"
"My worst group work experiences happened when the other students were not interested in the topic, and therefore not engaged. I felt dragged down by my group members and their attitudes seemed contagious. Hopefully, these issues we are bringing up…"
"I love that idea, too! The entire idea of modeling our thinking out loud is really important, and one that I've found to be very successful. I love this idea and try to use it whenever given the opportunity. Especially at the elementary level,…"
"I thought of this concept today as third graders in our library worked in small groups. There was a good bit of maintenance activity at first. Having read this chapter, I found I was much more understanding of it. With the limited amount of time…"
"As we "talk" about this chapter, my comprehension of it has improved, that's for sure. But can I move from understanding to knowledge and then on to active use of knowledge? I hope so. My original background was in a field other than…"
"I liked Chapter 3's techniques. I NEVER had a teacher use these techniques growing up. I was always just thrown into a group, no ground rules, no going over what not to say / how to contribute meaningfully. I guess that's why I hated, and…"
And "the more you read, the better you spell!" to change that quote. :)
I always thought spelling instruction was a waste of time growing up.
Just spend that 20-30 minutes on free reading.
Reading correct words helps you…"
I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of http://www.GettingBoysToRead.com. Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit. We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight. If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us http://www.facebook.com/SupportSchoolLibraries . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!