Tuesday, November 1, 2016

New and Upcoming Items in the Library

After an extremely long hiatus from this blog here is a new post!

Here are some new things happening in the library:
  • Makerspace Recap
    • Our first Makerspace challenge was a success.  We had students that worked together to create/invent an original game using cardboard.  While it wasn't as successful as I had hoped, for our first event I was happy that we had 5 games created.  Those students that worked hard on their games were very excited to explain them to students and library staff, updating us on their progress!  When they finished the game they were very proud of their hard-work!  
  • Here is a glimpse of what the library looks like during enrichment!  Students are working, participating in Makerspace activities, or enjoying a game with their friends.
  • Whiteboard question of the month:

  • Student council and Key Club members have been busy tying the P for next year's homecoming!

  • Physics class has been busy working on their toothpick bridges!  Thanks Mrs. Jabens for bringing down your classes!!!

  • Students have discovered the piano in the library and have been providing the library with beautiful music!

Here are some items that are COMING SOON:
  • Our recording room will be outfitted with music recording equipment and a podcast booth for student and teacher use.

  • Mini lessons based around projects being assigned, as well as various lessons on research, organization and reading.  (I am also open to other ideas, so feel free to share them!)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

New Books added to Professional Library

In need of professional reading for the summer?  One of these hot reads would be a wonderful beach/pool companion! :)

We added a few new titles to our professional library.  Check out the slide show of covers below.  (Titles and authors are also listed at the bottom of this post.)

Another book order will be placed in July.  If you have any professional, non-fiction or fiction book recommendations let me know!

Answers to Essential Questions about Standards, Assessments, Grading and Reporting
By: Thomas R Guskey, Lee Ann Jung

Unstoppable Learning
By: Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey

Living with Intensity
Edited By: Susan Daniels, Michael M. Piechowski

Teaching outside the Box: How to Grab your Students by their Brains
By: Louanne Johnson 

In the Best Interest of Students: Staying True to What Works in the ELA Classroom
By: Kelly Gallagher

Reading Nonfiction: Notice and Note, Stances, Signposts, and Strategies
By: Kylene Beers, Robert E. Probst

Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading
By: Kylene Beers, Robert E. Probst

Monday, April 18, 2016

NHS Blood Drive 2016

NHS Blood Drive Showcase
Huge thanks to Matt Alexander and the PHS National Honor Society for transforming the library into a blood drive!  It was a success and awesome to see faculty and students donating blood.  


Welcome to Novel Notes!

Each week I will be posting a new note from the Prairie High School library.  The notes could be centered around the following topics: 

  • New tech tips
  • Books to read
  • Showcasing student work
  • Searching tips and tricks
  • And other exciting topics

Look back every week to see the new Novel Note!  I am always open for suggestions.  Don't hesitate to send me an email or stop in the library!