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Check It Out: September 23, 2015

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff


Thank you, for your participation in Curriculum Day activities. You asked, we listened! Here is some of the followup:

  • Asked curriculum directors to provide a master spreadsheet of where areas will be holding C-Day activities so that we don't run into overcrowded parking lots again.
  • Revamp of the annual report. Thanks for the great suggestions. We will be working on new requirements and have them out to you in the next week or two.
  • Elementary and secondary BER What's New in Children's and YA Lit workshops: Possibly next fall, and NOT following conferences!
  • Elementary TEAM plan day, October 22 in the AM. We are checking out some exciting, exotic locations...more details in next week's newsletter!

Supply orders are due to Library Services on September 28.


T. A. Barron Event

The Power of Keeping Your Cool--Edutopia

Edutopia recently featured an article on keeping your patience when working with students.  These might be great to add to your classroom management toolbox.

Be Responsive, Not Reactive

  • Take a few breaths. Step right outside the door. You are offstage, and this can help shift emotions really quickly.
  • Count. Before responding to a student, count to three . . . or five . . . or seven . . .
  • Ask a question. Instead of giving a declarative statement, try, "How might you rephrase that comment so it's more respectful to your classmate?"
  • Pause and think before speaking. It's OK if they are waiting for your words. The silence creates a space that is calming and contemplative for everyone.
  • Smile. This is the best cover for unpleasant feelings. It can melt tensions, or at least suspend them.
  • Wait for the right moment. New teachers, especially, please know that you don't have to address bad behavior right in that very moment. You can wait until after you are done direct instructing or just before or after the class is excused (for their next class, recess, lunch, etc.) to address that child one-on-one.

Stay Healthy

  • Get lots of rest. How many hours do you need? Some of us need eight (me). Stick to this number no matter how busy you get.
  • Watch that coffee (or soda) intake. Too much caffeine can make the calmest of souls super edgy.
  • Take mini breaks throughout the day. Teachers hit the ground at a hundred miles an hour in the early morning and often don't stop until getting in their cars to go home. Avoid this all-too-common habit. Close your classroom door for a few minutes and put your head down on your desk, do a quick meditation, make a phone call to a friend, or listen to a short podcast or a soothing song.

Coming Soon--Oct 10th Star Wars Reads Day

While the Empire would most likely be displeased, Star Wars Reads Day — a celebration of a galaxy far, far away and the joy of reading — is back.

On October 10, 2015, bookstores, libraries, and retailers will participate in the fourth annual installment of the global event, featuring signings, parties, and more. Last year, events took place all over the world, and this year Star Wars Reads Day is expected to grow even bigger as fans gear up for the theatrical release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December. Participants in the events and festivities include: Disney-Lucasfilm Press, Marvel, Abrams, Chronicle, Del Rey, DK, Quirk Books, Scholastic, Workman, Egmont, Studio Fun, Phoenix International Publishing, and many more. BB-8 is ready. Are you?

Below are some free printable activities from the website, but there is much more available including giveaways!

You can find the link to on the teacher resources tab of our district library page: is an easy-to-use website that adds a multimedia dimension to the reading experiences of children's and young adult books. Our online database is developed and maintained to include thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction books used in the K–12 environment, with every resource selected to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading and library activities.

Setting Alerts on Sites Pages

Do you ever wonder how you will be able to tell if something new has been added the library sites pages?  There is an easy way to do so!  You can simply set up an alert to have an email sent to you when new content is posted, and YOU get to decide what types of updates you get alerts for and how often you receive them.  FYI--you will need to set alerts for the main library services sites page as well as your grade level page.

Here's the quick How-To from Tech Hub

Extra Big 6+ and Super 3+ Posters

We have some extras of the posters.  If you would like an additional set, please email me with your request as to which set(s) you would like.  Thank you!  Courtney

This is the COOLEST Site!

I just found the coolest read aloud site!  It is sponsored by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation and features actors reading picture books.  There are almost 30 books on the site so far and you can look forward to sharing the following with your students:

Sean Astin reading A Bad Case of the Stripes

Mindy Sterling reading The Library Lion

Melissa Gilbert reading My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother

James Earl Jones reading To Be A Drum

Amber Tamblyn reading White Socks Only

and much more including activity guides for the books!

P.S. These videos play through YouTube, which means you can turn on Closed Captioning if necessary.

Banned Books Week Ideas

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