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Check It Out: September 16, 2015

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Curriculum Day, September 18

AM session is at Northwest, and we will begin in the library. Our start time is 8:00 AM

PM session is at Hale, and we will begin in the library. Our start time is 12:30 PM

Please bring your iPad minis or laptops.

1st Semester Celebrations List

Dec 17th

I have updated the 1st semester celebrations list.  If you ever wondered about the celebrations you can have everyday both big and small check out this fun list.

Ideas for Using Flip Quiz

Big 6+ Inquiry

This short videos is a great example of an Office Mix (something students can create using Microsoft products) and includes some great thoughts about creating a culture of credit in your building.


"What's Inquiry?  Well, I Know It When I See It" by Kristin Fontichiaro

Here are just a few little gems that stood out to me from this article.  It's short and sweet at only 3 pages but packed with great stuff.  I highly recommend taking a few moments to read it over.

"For me, inquiry boils down to four major criteria:  authentic student questions; the possibility of open-ended conclusions; critical thinking and active comprehension; critical thinking and active comprehension; and synthesis."

It is important to "see whether students are actually understanding content or merely moving it around."

 "Synthesis is most difficult:  it requires not only the ability to put ideas in our own words, not just the ability to take a series of ideas and cluster them into an overarching theme, but the ability to weave together those themes into a cohesive new work."

"If you cannot give thinking time during class, assign 'think about this' time for homework..."

Banned Books Week Sept 27-Oct 3

To help celebrate Banned Books Week, here are two great web links chock full of ideas and information:

 Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.

Teaching Channel Videos

The 50+ videos in this series showcase 10 Deeper Learning networks that are preparing students for success -- they collectively serve more than 500 schools and 227,000 students.

Teaching Channel is a thriving online community where teachers can watch, share, and learn diverse techniques to help every student grow.

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