Thursday, February 26, 2015

#txlchat 2.24.15

The topic of this week's Twitter chat for Texas school librarians (#txlchat) was reading promotions and book battles. Check out the conversation below for some great ideas!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tejas Star Reading List 15-16

The Tejas Star Reading List for 15-16 has been announced.
For those not familiar with this list, here's the blurb from that page on the TLA web site:
The Tejas Star Reading List (TSRL) encourages children ages 5-12 to explore multicultural books and to discover the cognitive and economic benefits of bilingualism and multilingualism. The Tejas Star Reading List is intended for recreational reading, not to support a specific curriculum. Due to the diversity of this age range, Texas librarians should purchase titles on this list according to their individual collection policies.
Click here for the 2015-2016 list. 

These are great titles to consider for your next book order!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

And the winner is...

Yesterday the winner of the 2015 Texas Bluebonnet Award was announced on the TxLA web site.

You can watch the official announcement here or if you need immediate gratification, click Read More to see the winner.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Out and About--Week of Feb 2

McWhorter students read and perform Outfoxed!

HHS students research in the library                                                                                                   

Achziger students learn to cite sources.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Literacy Specialists Meeting Notes - February 2015

The focus of today's meeting was writing. I was inspired with several ways to support writing instruction in the library. Check out my notes for ideas!

Another idea from the meeting:

Use Face Bug as inspiration for a SOLE project. Read one of the poems then research to see if the information presented is accurate. 

Photo citation: Hispanic boy writing at school desk. Photography. Encyclop√¶dia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 5 Feb 2015.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Region 10 2015 Technology Conference

TCEA is going on this week in Austin and some of our MISD friends are in attendance. If you weren't able to go this year (or even if you were), you might want to consider going to Region 10's Annual Technology Conference. The info below is from the email that I received about the event:

The Region 10 21st Annual Technology Conference is now officially open for registration. For over twenty years, passionate educators have gathered at Region 10 to share the latest trends and best practices in instructional technology. Join us in 2015 and help us celebrate our 21st anniversary--Vegas style! This year, the Tech Conference is comprised of two (2) days.  
Day 1 is a pre-conference workshop designed for leadership teams in your district. Leadership teams will come prepared with questions, goals and a desire to retool your vision for your school/district; and leave with actionable plans to reimagine learning in the classroom using technology more effectively. A light lunch will be served. Each team of five (5) may attend for a flat rate of $250. 

Day 2 is the traditional conference that is free for all educators. This annual event brings together inspiring teachers, campus and district leaders to share practical digital learning tools and strategies to create engaging classrooms and life-long learners. Be prepared to enjoy connecting and learning from some of the best teachers in Texas in over 50 engaging sessions throughout the day! Find even more fun in our digital learning playground, where networking and hands-on play time is encouraged! Gourmet coffee and lunch from local food trucks will be here again this year! This event is a can't-miss for educators in the Region 10 area! 

For information and registration links, please go to: 

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Monday, February 2, 2015

ALA Youth Media Awards 2015

The library world is buzzing! The Oscars of children's and young adult literature were held this morning at ALA's Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. Click the link below to review all the award winners, and search #alayma on Twitter to see what folks are saying.