WORKING TOGETHER BENEFITS EVERYONE. When we fully utilize our librarians, there are many ways they can contribute to student success—and, often times, be a tremendous help to teachers. With a more extreme leaning on tech, there are many new ways that librarians and teachers can unite to help boost learning, create more engaged lessons, and just find more joy in teaching. Here are 9 ways librarians and teachers share the essential role of improving reading.
Librarians help teachers (and students) locate books on every topic and help target those rich narrative nonfiction books that boost reading outcomes.
Slideshows on topics that relate to curriculum—even on a moment’s notice—can be coded and emailed as a looped to be shared in multiple classrooms.
Explore Builder allows for librarians the opportunity to create unlimited Explore Panes. This one features AR Levels 0-9+ in both Spanish and English—and kids will see books in their reading level.
In ALEX, librarians may also enhance the reading experience by the resource. In ITEMS, they can enter links to videos, articles, author readings, and bonus interactives that will enhance the book experience.
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District Resources. ALEX also allows you to share resources that make essay writing easier, can connect to GimKitInk or other resources that will help teachers turn students into journalists and help them connect to real-world experiences.
Librarians might dedicate a whole 16-link explore pane to Citation Resources and helpful sites, including databases to best support teachers who are working on Essay Writing.
Take online offerings and turn them into engaging bulletins that can be shared districtwide like the Jason Reynolds’s WriteRightRite series of writing challenges.
Librarians and teachers can identify and share ways to engage a whole school in a Fun Friday activity using CSFirst or TedEd.
Librarians might invite teachers to collaborate on bulletin boards to benefit grade level instruction or even the whole district. They might host book clubs or share one book reading material for a whole grade level. Link to book trailers, articles, author videos, author websites, formative and summative assessments as well—and create that virtually sharing space.
Librarians and teachers may gamify learning and create shared assessments or literature challenges or even shared exit tickets using bulletin boards—and these can link to Google Forms for easy grading—a real win-win that students love.
Merge thirty resources into a One-Search option that provides multiple language options, differentiation tools, and more. This provides districtwide language learning needs can use this one tools to aid teachers and learners. This one tools is like placing a teacher's aid in every classroom.
Imagine how much reading would improve if you shared a whole line up of series titles within your ILS? With ALEX, librarians may serve up many ways to search the library: By Series, By Lexile, By AR Level, By Genre, By Real Story, By Publishing Categories, By Slideshow, even. They can create book collections and searches using simple search strings.
Simplify Dewey. What is nice about this is that students will get to know the categories more and get a better understanding of where books are located within Dewey. Even round it off and serialize. You can pull great narrative nonfiction into a Real Story section.
Studies show that nonfiction improves reading, and if readers crave movies and films based on true life, pulling out and displaying picture books and novels based on real events will improve reading. Here's what that looks like. Visit Browse and select R Real Story Biography or R Real Story Nonfiction. In seconds, 258+ books to use in class.
Also with Engagement+, teachers get the same helpful information on where and how student learning is happening, down to the student. Teachers can better connect with students, and assign reading across the web by reading level, subject area, or website.
Create events, novel to novel comparisons, host a whole series for a voice and choice lessons, host a Fun Friday event, or even a program you do in the library annually. Share it out and invite interactive games and events. It can be as exciting as you wish.
Host activities that make for great Fun Friday activities that can be shared school wide in a middle school. Push coding or share TedEds or share Jason Reynold's WriteRightRite challenges and share activities that can be completed individually or in groups and watch your classroom engage.