This article outlines the importance of teacher librarians to students and their schools and the impact they have on improving and maintaining literacy skills. Modern libraries are no longer places of 'Shhh' but places of creativity that buzz with student ideas whilst at the same time offering spaces to encourage reading.
Great discussion on reading and what makes a child want to pick up a book by Jackie French - one of Australia's best known and loved children's authors.
Print versus Digital reading and searching. An interesting article highlighting the need for balance but indicating that deeper reading and comprehension comes from print. Although the article talks more about high school/university level students, it remains relevant for students of all ages. Click on the image to take you to the article in full.
Year 5 classes have been trialing MinecraftEdu as part of their technology sessions. The students have created worlds, farms and villages and along the way have tried out their architectural, urban planning and coding skills to help make their creations practical and sustainable. Click on the image below to take you to an interesting article showcasing the advantages of MinecraftEdu in schools.
Listen to what these children think about being able to read and the possibilities it opens up for them. Encourage your child to pick up a book and read or read along with them today. You never know where it might take you. . .
A very scary but true statement. But there are people out there who are trying to do something about it. Two entrepreneurial Australians have invented the Seabin Project to help clean up our beaches and harbours. So simple - but then some of the best ideas are like that. . .
I am the Primary Teacher Librarian at the International School of Lausanne in Switzerland. I followed my love of books and became a Teacher Librarian over 12 years ago. I am passionate about reading, literacy and technology and see all three as essential skills for students to navigate both the present and the future. My favourite kinds of books are picture books - I just can't read enough of them! I am also a trained music teacher who plays flute and piano and believes music is the fourth essential skill in helping prepare today's young people for the future.