Claymont Library Newsletter

January 2016

The modern library....

where reading is driven by interest, not level.

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Have you ever sat in a PD and thought it just wasn't for you? Maybe you already knew the information like the back of your hand. Maybe it didn't really relate to your content area. Maybe you just wished you could be learning about something you really needed more at that moment. Maybe you wished PD could be differentiated...

It sounds like you would enjoy an EdCamp! EdCamps, also known as UnConferences, are set up in an innovative format allows the knowledge and interests of those in attendance to lead the conversations of growth. Attendees indicate what topic(s) they would like to discuss. The facilitators gather the data and notice common topics. They then assign a specific location/room for that topic to be discussed. Attendees go and share what they know, learn what's happening in other schools or content areas, and listen! There are no presenters, no PowerPoints, and no handouts. You vote with your feet -- if the topic turns out to not be relevant to you, get up and change locations! Best of all, EdCamps are FREE. So why not try one?

Connected Learning STL is hosting their 5th annual EdCampSTL on Saturday, February 6th from 8:00a-3:30p at Pattonville High School. Breakfast and lunch are provided, and you can even receive Parkway PD credit! Give it a shot and register here!

(For Parkway PD credit, also register for the course in PEERS)

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Six Flags Read to Succeed website is up and ready for the 2015-16 school year! Please register yourself on this website, print off the reading logs and parent letter for your class, and send them home! You will need to keep track of the students who complete their reading logs and enter the information on the website by March 1, 2016. Many teachers will want to make the due date for a week ahead of time (February 23, 2016) so they will not be crunched for time in entering this data. Don't forget -- if you enter students under your name, you will receive a FREE Six Flags ticket for yourself as well! :)

What's Happening in the Library?

**American Library Association: Youth Media Awards 2016**

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The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
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2016 Newbery Medal

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn't he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them.
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The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
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2016 Caldecott Medal

Before Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie.

In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war.

Harry Colebourn's real-life great-granddaughter tells the true story of a remarkable friendship and an even more remarkable journey--from the fields of Canada to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England...

And finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made another new friend: a real boy named Christopher Robin.

Here is the remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.

**Notes from the Library**

Hour of Code

Thanks to all of you who allowed me to share the Hour of Code with your students! Please check out this 50-second video recapping our week. Learn more about why we code and how students can transition from "learning to code" to "coding to learn".
Claymont Hour of Code 2015

Upcoming Dates to Reschedule

Monday classes will need to be rescheduled the week of January 18th due to MLK, Jr. Day. Please let me know if you'd like to keep the same times as last week or if you need something different. :)

Author Visit -- Save the Date!

On Thursday, March 17th, all classes will visit with Jackie Polys, author of "Ralston the Rally Squirrel". Learn more about Jackie here.


Claymont has signed up for year of FLOCABULARY! This website provides hundreds of K-12 Common Core Aligned educational videos set to modern hip-hop beats. These aren't your lame out-of-date songs -- this is the real deal. Click here to get started >>

*Amazing #EdTech Featuring TWITTER*

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I believe the best professional development available today is TWITTER! It is...

  • current
  • differentiated
  • full of colleagues excited about education
  • modern
  • there when you need it
  • and FREE!

But how can you ACCESS this wealth of knowledge?? First, you must make an account or update the one you have, learn the lingo, and curate information! (More info in the Archived Newsletters).

Next, start contributing to a live chat!

  • Find a chat about a topic you are interested in. There's a comprehensive list at, or look for which chats others are joining! Some recommendations are...
    #edchat (education chat)
    #edtech (educational technology)
    #digcit (digital citizenship)
    #kinderchat #1stchat #2ndchat etc. (chat for teachers of those grades)
    #makered (makerspace education)
    #MOedchat (Missouri education chat)
    #titletalk (discussing current children's lit)
    #sunchat or #satchat (education chats on Sunday or Saturday mornings)
    #claymontpl (Claymont Professional Learning!)

  • Figure out what time the chat will take place by searching the hashtag or using the website above.

  • Log into Twitter at the right time, search for the hashtag, and join in! There will be someone moderating the chat. They will post when it's time to begin, and most chats start with an introduction. Then the moderator will post a question starting with Q1, Q2, etc. You will post your answer starting with A1, A2, etc. Read others' responses and comment, favorite, or share as you see fit! Follow those who you really enjoy hearing from.

  • You can chat on the sidelines at soccer practice, while you are lying down on the couch, or most anywhere! If you keep missing your chats, check out #edslowchat. These chats take place over a week versus an hour.
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Google Classroom grading has just been made easier with a recent update. Several new features will help teachers save time when working with and grading assignments.

Thanks as always for reading! To be entered in our drawing to win this month's prize (30 minutes of extra library release time!! Or 30 minutes of Mrs. Boatner covering your duty!!), please send me a short email by Thursday, January 21st answering the following question:

If you attended an EdCamp, what topic(s) would you be interested in discussing with other educators?