I had lunch with an old friend of mine yesterday. We've kept in touch over the last 20+ years when we did an MBA together. She's had a successful career in finance while I've had a liquorice all-sorts type of constantly changing occupational therapy for a mind that can't stay at rest too long. Anyway, … Continue reading Dyslexia – don’t make it about you
I am convinced that there are generations of parents (and librarians) who think the main purpose of a librarian is to create age/grade related lists of books for students to read. When parent-teacher conference time comes around, if parents venture into the library and engage - as opposed to using us as a baby-sitting booth … Continue reading Resist the list
I was showing a fellow librarian around "my" new library today and we were chatting and discussing various aspects of middle school librarianship. We got to the nonfiction section and both sighed. I started that mine probably needed some significant weeding and that I'd made a start. I pointed out a few particularly nice books … Continue reading Are nonfiction books still relevant?
I firmly believe that one of the main role's of a school librarian is to make teachers' lives just that little bit easier. And if we can do this while fostering a love and enthusiasm for reading in students - well that's a double win. Over the last few years I've written about the things … Continue reading How librarians can leverage the GRA
During the vacation I've been catching up with some podcasts, including listening to a few new ones that were recommended to me by friends. While there are some great educational podcasts out there, sometimes while one is looking outside of the field that you are struck by things that are relevant. So it was with … Continue reading Can we be smarter with communicating benefits of reading?
This is a post I've been meaning to write for a while. A long while. I'm a member of quite a few librarian and school librarian groups and invariably, at least once a month, a question will pop up asking for a "killer" book. Either one that is perfect for reluctant readers, or one that … Continue reading It’s not (just) the book
After a flurry of research and completing my final paper for my M. Ed, one may think that it's all over with the inquiry into reluctant readers, boys reading etc. etc. But it's not. Far from it in fact. I've been a little distracted with the library renovation, a series of unfortunate events with library … Continue reading BWB where are we at?
Writing a case study with 3,000 words of which 80% are limited by procedural bits and pieces is proving to be a little frustrating because I am learning SO MUCH. So I thought I'd share some of it here, because heaven knows it could help someone somewhere somehow. Remember the whole thing about motivation? That … Continue reading Reading reluctance – factors