Pelion Middle Learning Commons
How to Create a Culture of Reading in Your Classroom
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. . .
Winter/Spring Book Fair--Perfect Pets
Monday, Jan. 22nd, 8:30-8:30am
What's New in the Learning Commons?
Self-selection is key to engagement!
Manga is the most frequently circulated item in the library!
Naruto is one of the library's most sought-after series!
Second Quarter At a Glance
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
Math MakerSpaces in the Learning Commons
Students in Mrs. Corley's math classes challenged themselves to complete a series of tasks such as building the tallest cup structure supported by one base, constructing a catapult, and of course, using Sphero to plot points on a Cartesian plane. This hand-on-approach to learning reinforced skills students had learned during math during the 1st and 2nd 9 weeks.
Holocaust Survivor Visits Pelion Middle
Students at Pelion Middle had the honor of hearing a first-hand account of what life was like during the Holocaust. Marion Blumenthal Lazan shared her experiences living in a concentration camp while instilling a message of hope and inspiration for students and staff. Her visit provides a robust foundation for social studies students in the following weeks.
Teachers Brush Up on Copyright
Teachers revisited principles of copyright during PLC times. Teachers reviewed many principles such as Fair Use and Creative Commons. Most importantly, faculty learned how to model strong digital citizenship behavior for their students. More PLC offerings from the Learning Commons are on the way.