Pelion Middle Learning Commons

Winter 2018

How to Create a Culture of Reading in Your Classroom

1. Read aloud to students daily.

Students LOVE being read aloud to at any age. Read a snippet of a book that is now out in theaters. Read an interesting article that relates to an area you are teaching. Just read loud!

2. Keep a well-stocked classroom library

Keep a shelf of inexpensive paperback books in your library. Don't have money to purchase books? Write a Donorschoose grant or simply ask your teaching partner if he/she has any spare books to give away. Title 1 Funds are also available for this.

3. Talk about what you are reading with students.

Readers are born when someone recommends a book to them, particularly a role-model, like a teacher. Create your own "I'm Reading" poster to put up on your door to spark a conversation.

4. Set reading goals with your students and follow up with them.

Don't know how to set reading goals? Start here!

5. Have the school librarian booktalk popular books.

School librarians will booktalk many types of books for all types of readers. They will even pull some book trailers for you or help your students create their own!

Coming Up. . .

Big image

Winter/Spring Book Fair--Perfect Pets

Monday, Jan. 22nd, 8:30-8:30am

Learning Commons

This year's book fair features amazing titles such as Projekt 360 (see book trailer below), Five Nights at Freddy's, Restart, and many others. Shop the book fair online at Scholastic Book Fair. Select Pelion Middle School to shop through January 30.
https://youtu.be/gjEt0ZV8VS0

What's New in the Learning Commons?

Manga

In order for our students to be lifelong readers, their voices must be heard. When students were asked on Schoology what types of books they would like to see in the library the answer was overwhelming--manga! The library now has a section devoted to just manga and it includes titles in the Naruto, Pokemon Go, Bleach series and many others.

Second Quarter At a Glance

Number of Books Circulated: 2740 This number is up from 1586 last year! Students are spending more time outside of the classroom reading which means the potential for student growth in all subject areas!

Total Classes Receiving Instruction/Collaboration: 82. This number is up from 32 last year. More collaboration means expanded opportunities for creativity for students.

Class Checkouts: 56

Number of Single Visitors: 977

Mission and Vision

The Pelion Middle Learning Commons supports student achievement by serving as a center that is conducive to personalized learning, collaboration and creativity. As students develop new digital skills, discover their identity as a reader, and become self-directed, they become lifelong learners.