2020 was a year of challenges and change. The events that our country endured have created a new generation of activists, and they are demanding an end to racism. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month are meaningful holidays for educators to take time to celebrate Black history and honor today’s diversity.
During a time when public libraries are closed and access to the school media center is limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, my senior has taken on a contact-free volunteer project to update and restock Little Free Libraries for his Community Involvement class.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several new family films skipped the silver screen and debuted on subscription-based streaming services. Following are four movie adaptations of children’s literature that have newly published prequels, sequels, and spinoffs.
Change is complicated and it’s important to support students during these current turbulent times. Instilling courage, confidence, and comfort in children is so important, especially during this time of uncertainty and establishing a new normal.
Identifying untruthful information and avoiding sharing fake news is an essential 21-century skill. By tapping into students’ creativity and imagination, maker education can be a helpful tool in teaching how to recognize fake news.
Shared reading experiences create community and stories can provide a foundation of togetherness for students during this unique time. There are some excellent read-aloud books that can help kick-off the new school year with a positive start. Following are three new titles and the publishers’ summaries of stories with themes of kindness, courage, and honor.
Distance Learning has made everyone’s daily routines change in unexpected ways. Educators and students alike are feeling the anxiety brought on by COVID-19 and the uncertainty of what our future socializing habits will look like. As we are focusing on taking safety precautions, we need to be mindful of taking time to laugh.
As we are all finding a #newnormal, some are facing greater uncertainty as public officials call #COVIDー19 "the Chinese virus." Stories can help break stereotypes.
There are many benefits of intergenerational relationships. When older and younger people connect it improves both groups’ well-being. The most common activity these generations can do together is share stories. Books showing meaningful relationships between children and their elders are a valuable addition to any library. Following are some new books that promote positive bonds between youth and seniors.
Words are powerful, especially when words are shared from one person to another. Reading aloud to students is a unique opportunity to share words. Reading picture books out loud to secondary students is just as valuable as when they were read to in grade school. In addition to the illustrations adding to the magic of the spoken word, vocabulary skills and comprehension is strengthened. Here are five additional benefits of reading aloud with your secondary students.