Teams are formed, students are reading, and battles are just around the corner, here's to another year of Oregon Battle of the Books!! Take a look at Walterville's teams.
This year, since half of the computers in our library were removed due to being sorely out of date, I was left with fourteen computers, not enough to have students partner up (yes, our classes are larger than 28, sadly). In order to continue teaching information literacy, digital citizenship and technology skills, I needed to come up with a solution. After researching a bit on-line, I came across this post by the Elementary Librarian and was inspired. She writes about how she utilizes stations to teach lessons in her library. I was inspired and decided this was my year to give it a go.
I decided to implement stations on library learning days. Stations have always intimidated me: one adult, three to four groups of kids working independently on three separate activities, technology, rotations...you get the idea. There is a lot going on and plenty of organizing, planning, and preparation. Above all of this, if management and routines aren't in place, all the hard work and preparation that went into planning will be for nothing if students can't manage themselves.
And the verdict? After the first round of stations, everything went surprisingly smooth. Students were on task, work was completed, and learning happened! I was kind of giddy. Since I was teaching a lesson in one of the groups, I did some pre-teaching on how to problem solve when students had questions. I was surprised at how well students did with figuring things out on their own. Tomorrow we start our second round of stations. I am even going to give it a try with kinders (with some parent help)! Yikes! I'm sure it will all go smoothly. What could possibly go wrong with twenty-six five year olds working in groups in the library?
I love the first week of check out. It's always so fun to see the enthusiasm on the faces of all the students regardless of how long they have been checking out. They all can't wait to get their hands on library books. The look on their faces as they browse the stacks trying to decide on which two books they are going to leave with, it priceless. I especially love it once they have their books in hand and sit down to explore. Some are quickly engrossed and tune out all the distractions around them, while other sit with a friend and enjoy their books together. Whatever they choose, it's easy to see, Wildcats love to read!
Hopefully you all had adventure filled summers. Whether you were out exploring new places with family and friends or journeying to new worlds through the pages of a book, I am excited to welcome students and families back and to hear your stories.
This year, I would like to involve parents in their child's library experience as much as possible as your child will be learning important information regarding digital citizenship and navigating their digital world. It is critical that parents are aware of how to best guide and support their child's digital walk. Here are some things you can do to stay connected with the happenings in the Walterville library and school.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
As kids head out for summer fun, encourage them to take a book along. Whether camping, flying to fun places, or roadtripping, be sure to bring a book to enjoy. Both audiobooks and ebooks are available through the Walterville Library. Students will need to know their Destiny username (first.lastname) and password (capital first letter of last name, lowercase second letter of last name followed by their lunch number, no spaces) to gain access to this resource. See the slideshow above for instructions on how to access our digital collection. Make reading fun by enjoying books together this summer.
Please mark your calendars for summer library check out hours. The library will be open for summer library check out on July 23rd and August 11th from 10-11a.m. Have a great summer!
Our school was invited to share the great things happening at Walterville at the school board meeting this past week. I put together this quick video to highlight some of the things our students enjoy in the library. They are a great group of kids I feel privileged to teach.
Over the past few weeks, first graders have been learning about our online catalog. In our library first graders start out checking out in the "Everybody" section (the picture book section) and once they get the hang of taking care of books and using a shelf marker to mark the place of books they are looking at while they are in the library, they move on to other sections of the library. This particular group of first graders, has been quite eager to check out from other sections. They have specific interests in mind and have been running me all over helping them find books about tigers, slumber parties, Africa, and all kinds of other topics. I decided it was time for them to learn how to use our online catalog, Destiny, to help them search for books on their own. This is no easy undertaking, especially since many of them are searching for non-fiction books located in the "Dewey" section of the our library.
Those of you familiar with the Dewey section know that not only does it contain big numbers, but it contains big numbers WITH decimals AND letters. This, however, does not deter little first graders eager to find a book about their topic of interest! I'm so proud of them! They can now look up bookS using the online catalog, locate the call number, write it down and get pretty darn close to finding the book in the library all on their own! Many of them DO find them! Way to go first graders!
This week we participated in The Hour of Code along with millions of other people from around the world! What is The Hour of Code? "The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics." -hourofcode.com.
This December 8-12 schools from around the world are participating in The Hour of Code and learning that computer science is easier than we thought. Walterville students are learning the basics of programming as they visit the library this week. All students have an account at code.org and can login from anywhere and continue their leanring from home too. It has been an exciting week to watch as students work together to problem solve puzzles that introduce them to the basics of code.
I must confess code is great fun! I find myself on code.org attempting to solve puzzles in the evenings. It is great for the brain and quite fun. Give it a try. Anyone can do it.
Hello! I am so glad you are here! I am Mrs. Page, the library media specialist at Walterville Elementary. This is a place where I share reading experiences, learning, hopes, ideas, lessons, innovations, books, and technology integration. Feel free to explore and share any ideas you have
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