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Perhaps more than ever before, Social-Emotional Learning is at the forefront of the minds of everyone involved in education. The following picture books address a variety of social-emotional learning. These authors deliver their messages in effective, resonant ways that speak to the elementary learner. Stock your shelves with these Ten Picture Books to Teach Social Emotional Learning. These titles are appropriate for all ages at the elementary level! Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig Brian is the invisible boy. Although everyone can physically see him, nobody includes him in their games or activities.  When new student Justin arrives and teams up with Brian on a project, it changes Brian’s life and shows everyone how much he has to offer. This is a great book to share that will especially speak to the introverts in your library classes or school.  Enemy Pie by Derek Munson Jeremy Ross moved into the neighborhood,
Wakelet can be used in numerous ways, but did you know it is the perfect tool for a collaborative research project? And not just for upper elementary students but younger grades as well. There are three key benefits in using Wakelet this way. Students do not need an account to use Wakelet. You do not have to set up usernames and passwords or make sure students know how to log-in. All you do is share the link with your students. They will be able to view all your links and documents as well as add their own. You can easily have your students complete their research projects whether they are in school, virtual, hybrid or any other combination you can think of. All students need is access to an internet connected device. They can still work collaboratively together. Everything your students need to complete their research project can be
Regardless of our position within education or school location, these past few months have more than likely  increased our own stress and anxiety. The same can be said for our students’ stress and anxiety.  I know I felt a sense of loss as being physically separated from my students. This sudden absence of the support system both students and parents had grown used to only highlights the need for students to develop healthy methods for dealing with unexpected changes.   Elementary students can also struggle to cope with stress and anxiety because it’s hard for them to put a name to what they’re feeling.  They often have overwhelming feelings that manifest themselves in unwanted classroom behavior. These behaviors include being disruptive, inattention or restlessness, struggles to answer questions in class, and frequent trips to the nurse.  Providing students with healthy ways to identify and cope with their stress and anxiety
Wakelet is the perfect tool for saving, sharing, and organizing links in a visual way that makes it easier for all users (students and teachers) to access. If you haven’t set up your Wakelet collections yet, be sure to read the blog post “Getting Started with Wakelet.” It is part of the September membership content. Once you set up Wakelet, now you can start using Wakelet in the library! Here are some perfect collections to start in your library Wakelet.  Digital Storytelling A library is a great place to read and create! I love how students can take their love of storytelling and create their own story. With Wakelet, students can add so many features as well. Begin by clicking on the green plus sign and then your list of options comes up. For your story, you can add text, an image, and/or a YouTube recording. There are so
In a world that is constantly evolving, it is vital to embrace the changes. One way to do this is by exploring how technology can enhance current spaces. A library is not just a place to check out books but is a place to connect, collaborate, and create resources! Wakelet is a resource that allows users to do all three of these aspects in one spot, so you won’t have to worry about losing anything.  What is Wakelet? Wakelet is a website that allows users to save, share, and organize links in a way that makes sense and is aesthetically pleasing. You don’t have to worry about organizing bookmarks, using the same browser or computer to access them, and putting everything into folders. You can create a Wakelet collection for anything you do at school and home. Collections can be created for different classes, collaborations, and more. Here’s how
As educators we all know the importance of laying a solid foundation in the early weeks of a new school year. Having clear routines and procedures are key to having good classroom management and a smooth year. By taking the time to explicitly and thoroughly teach students your expectations, you are setting yourself and your students up for a successful school year. That’s where library orientation comes into play! Library orientation is a very very busy time of the year. As the librarian, you are solely responsible for ensuring every single student in your school is respecting library time and following the correct procedures. After all, we only have them in the media center for a short time each week! This time at the beginning of the school year is so important to a seamless year! One engaging and fun way I like to teach expectations to my students is