Because of you…

It’s those unexpected, spontaneous moments that tend to happen right when you need them.  After a busy week at the OLA Superconference and some stressful moments in my personal life, I was excited to return to school and do my “regular” job.  Reconnecting with the kids and my colleagues was a welcome sense of the […]

Finding Community in Making

Recent events throughout the world and my own social justice journey/learning have brought me to tears repeatedly over the past couple of weeks. I rarely lose my optimistic demeanour but, I wonder frequently how to face the challenges and horrific truths that impact our society right now. Without adding a layer of frivolity to the very […]

Moving Beyond Literature Circles

When I first moved up to teach middle school many years ago the conversation shifted from the importance of guided reading instruction to the value of literature circles.  These kid-friendly versions of book clubs were all the rage and teacher guides began popping up everywhere.  Moving beyond the standard novel study (the whole class reading […]

A Few Magical Days

  A few weeks ago I posted about our school’s plan to inspire a “maker” culture with our staff and students.  The addition of makerspaces to public libraries and school library learning commons is spreading rapidly throughout the library community. Yet I struggled with excitement and doubt.  My excitement seemed obvious – the chance to […]

Rethinking the “Maker” in Makerspace

Recently, I wrote about the very early stages of adding the makerspace movement to our new school and library learning commons space.  Our next step was to meet with interested staff and have a collaborative discussion about the whole concept. Luckily, some wonderful colleagues came out and we had an enthusiastic and reflective conversation. We […]