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Check It Out: December 9, 2015

Your weekly news from the OPS Library Services Staff

Reminder: Elementary Librarians

Please email your 2nd quarter Big 6+ Inquiry lesson by end of day January 4th.  These lessons do not have to be full research units.  They can be quick 5-10 minute add ons or one shot 25-40 minute lessons.  If you choose to use one of the lessons off the libguide, just send me the title and grade level you used it with during 2nd quarter.  If you want to turn them in earlier, I would be happy to look them over during break!  My goal is to add 5-10+ lessons from your submissions each quarter to the libguide to help create a robust idea bank.

Also, you will be meeting with your Big 6+ Inquiry workgroups again at our Team Meeting in February at the zoo.  Please be sure to check the one drive file to see your group responsibilities and deadlines.  If you have any questions, let me know.

Top Reasons to Use Databases--created by Joyce Valenza

Whole Brain Teaching

Courtney visited Catlin Elementary this week, and was really intrigued and impressed by Elizabeth Messina's classroom management system.What she shared sounds like something that might work for many school libraries. The items below are free, and she said there are posters and materials on Teachers Pay Teachers that are free as well. 

This might be something to  implement for 2nd semester if you think it might be of benefit in your library.  By no means is this a requirement, but some folks in our 1st and 2nd year librarian group expressed a desire for more information on classroom management.  Here is the website:

First, go to the Video section to see the Intro to Whole Brain Teaching Videos. The Levels section explains the Scoreboard. Elizabeth has never had to go beyond the Scoreboard and Gruff Counter to manage students. She recommends learning the management part first, and then easing your way into all the teaching techniques.  It requires doing your homework, though.  She had to watch many videos, and buy the book to help her feel comfortable with it.  She feels it is worth it, though as she is less stressed as a teacher teaching this way.

Introducing your class to Whole Brain Teaching How-to with Middle School:  This video really helped me figure out how to introduce it with my students.

Star Wars at Jefferson Elementary

A great idea from Heidi Anderson at Jefferson Elementary

So, I'm not a HUGE Star Wars geek but I am excited about the new movie coming out. So what I thought of was getting out our Star Wars books and displaying them as books of the month. Then I had the idea of getting an I-Pad and going to youtube and calling up the trailer for the movie. During checkout if the kids want to watch the trailer, which is about a minute and a half, they can. The books have been going like HOT CAKES! They were popular before, they are more so now! Even the fourth grade teacher today wanted to watch the trailer!  I would like to continue this is if I can with other movie trailers, book talks, and author videos in the future.

In Preparation for Star Wars Insanity Next Week


Cute Reading Poster that is a FREE download! ♥ ♥ Please feel free to repin ♥♥

My high school library door:

The Abominable Library!

This is the doorway into the Jefferson Elementary Library

Golden Sower Contest Opportunity

Is your school up for the Golden Sower Trivia Contest?

There are currently six elementary schools that participate in this annual event. They will be having an organizational meeting on Monday January 4 at Fernando's on 78th and Pacific, at 4:30. You are invited to come and find out what it's all about.

This is their eleventh year for the contest and Ponca will be  hosting the event on April 7.

NEW Books in the Professional Library

As we near the end of the semester, some of you may be interested in looking over the professional materials we have available in the district professional library.  Please remember you can get to many of the school library related journals by visiting:   and looking for the Library tab.  Below you will see some of the new and notable print books available for check out. There are also many interesting items available through Overdrive!  Let me know if I can assist you with accessing any of the professional materials.

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