Tuesday, March 31, 2015

It's time to start encouraging summer reading!

Summer will be here before you know it and part of our job is to encourage our kids to read over the summer. 

Summer reading is so important, in fact, that it is part of the ELA curriculum for primary grades. This week, primary teachers will be starting a unit on things that readers do:
  • know what they like to read
  • know how to choose a just right book
  • plan what to read next
  • ask people to read to them
  • find different things to read
  • find books everywhere
  • tell people what they like about books
They will be making the anchor chart you see at the right that lists these reading behaviors. 

In Week 30, the lesson will be on making a "to read" list and they may ask for help from you. If they don't, this would be a great opportunity for you to offer to assist with this lesson! Use the links below to access the materials for this unit.

Now, secondary folks, don't think you are off the hook. There is a wonderful opportunity for you here too. It would be great to do this type of lesson with secondary students as well. You could easily scaffold this up for older students, reminding them of all the places they can get reading materials over the summer and how important it is to read - even if it's just 15 minutes a day.

If they need book suggestions, share our Summer Reading Lists with them. Remind them about the Digital Library and the online resources on our Virtual Library page. Discuss visiting web sites where they can read news or information about their hobbies and interests.

And while you're at it, don't forget to do something to encourage your teachers to read this summer too!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

3ʳᵈ Annual We⁴b Awards

It is time for the 3ʳᵈ Annual Web Awards!
Is your web presence the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the cat's meow? Now is the time to toot your own horn!

Who: district personnel, nominate your outstanding site or that of another teacher
What: websites, blogs, or Moodle
When: nominate sites by Friday, April 24
Why: to recognize and promote the development and maintenance of a web presence in a variety of formats by MISD departments and personnel for the purpose of interacting and instructing students, parents, staff and other stakeholders

Educate, Empower, Expand, and Enrich on the Web

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Texserve aka Dallas County Schools

Just a reminder about the great resources we have from Dallas County Schools. We  subscribe to Soundzabound, PebbleGo, Grolier products including America the Beautiful and Power Videos.  Several new videos have been added to Power Videos. Many from Weston Woods,Magic School Bus and some great art videos.  See the full list below.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

New look for Library Services

Library Services has a new look!  Our site was changed over Spring Break.  Please make note of our new URL: 

Our Quick Links are on the right side of the page for easy access to the Online Resources, Policies and Procedures, etc..  Keep up with our social media and calendar events across the bottom of the page. 

You will notice that the campus drop-down list is no longer available.  Every library has a quick link now embedded in the campus site.

Elementary librarians will need to change the Library Services URL on your website to be directed to the correct site.  This is found under Pages.  Call or email me if you need help! 

Not all links in the district site are directing to the correct site yet.  I'm sure that will happen soon.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Edmodo groups

Many of you created Edmodo groups when we had our staff development a couple of years ago. If these groups are no longer active, please delete or archive so students can't post to the group unmonitored. The directions below will guide you through the process. It's very simple and only 3 steps!    

Deleting or archiving Edmodo Groups