Wednesday, April 22, 2015

State Testing Fun Resources

Tomorrow begins day 3 of state testing for us here in Coweta County Georgia. Our state test is called the Georgia Milestones Assessment.  This year the test is spread out over 9 days so there are days built in for make ups, so I imagine we'll all feel like we've run for many miles by the time its over. It might be hard to keep up the testing "spirit" for that long, but there are some great resources out there that might be helpful.

One of our first grade teachers organized a visit from the NED Show last year and the kids loved them. The NED Show has a motivation video about testing that I showed a few weeks ago during Media lessons to get the 3rd-5th graders pumped up.  It's a catchy tune..gets stuck in your head after showing it 10 times in one week.  =)

A blog reader emailed me the link to this cute YouTube video made by Cohutta Elementary. (Thanks, Holly!)

And I've come across several others on YouTube:

And here are a couple of general state testing parody videos...

This is an older one, but still fun...

Teachers Pay Teachers also has some fun FREE printables to give to students and some cute testing signs teachers could use for their doors.

THIS test prep freebie from Staying Cool in the Library has posters and bookmarks to make testing more enjoyable.

HERE's a Motivational Test Taking Posters freebie from Number Two Pencils.

You can snag these Free Testing Signs from Learning Lab HERE.

It might be a little late this year to use THESE Test Prep Strategy Posters from Created by Kelly Ann, but maybe you can save them for next year.

Hope you can find something you can use, and if you are testing this week like us, good luck!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Happy National Library Week

I have been such a bad blogger.  I haven't posted in several weeks.  I had some fabulous posts planned (in my head) for National Library Week, but alas, they did not get written.   I could give you a list of reasons why I have been absent from bloggyland, but they aren't very interesting.  So here we are almost at the end of National Library Week and all I've got is this one little post, but perhaps if you stick with me, I will have something special to share at the end of this post.

I have been sharing fun  trivia facts about public and school libraries all week during announcements at my school, so I figured it would be fun to share them on my blog, too.  Some of these facts are not so much fun as they are depressing, but these are the facts.

  • 98.7% of public libraries provide public access to the Internet.
  • Almost 89% of public libraries offer wireless Internet access.
  • 59% of adults in the U.S. have public library cards.
  • Americans check out an average of more than eight books a year.
  • Americans spend $35.81 a year for the public library..about the average cost of one hardback book.
  • There are 80,100 public school libraries.
  • There are 1,820 public charter school libraries.
  • Students make over 1 billion visits to school library media centers each school year.
  • As of 2013, there were a reported 62,364 state-certified school librarians in U.S. public schools and 3,909 state-certified school librarians in U.S. private schools.
  • As of 2013, about 27% of American school libraries do not have a state-certified school librarian.  This number may be higher now due to budget cuts.
  • In 15% of American public schools, the state-certified school librarian spends time in more than one school. This is becoming more and more common.
  • On average, there is one school librarian for every 953 students.
  • Family literacy activities are supported by 42% of public school libraries.
  • As of 2013, school libraries were spending an average of only $9.35 per child for books. This is about a half to a third the cost of a hardback book, which is around $19-$27.
  • Research shows that the highest achieving students attend schools with well-staffed and well-funded library media centers.
One fact I'd like to add is that National School Librarian Day is on April 4th.  It fell on a Saturday this year.  I am not sure why it wasn't moved back a day so that school librarians could celebrate at school, but it is something to note for the future.  But just in case no one told you,

See what I did there?  Told ya, I have been a bad blogger lately. But hopefully you buy into the "it's the thought that counts" philosophy.  I really do mean it. I hope that you had a fabulous National School Librarian Day, even if you didn't know that is was National School Librarian Day.  You probably don't hear it often enough, but all the hard work you do is appreciated.  =)

Here are some sources of information about public and school libraries:

More Interesting Reads:

Why Do We Need School Libraries? Written by Melinda Graham, 2005

Occupational Outlook Handbook, Librarians (2012)

Why You Need Your School Librarian Written by Kimberly Shearer (2012)

Elementary Librarian: Are School Libraries Still Necessary (2013)

How Cuts and Closures of Elementary School Libraries Are Hurting Our Kids by Solvej Schou (2014)

Check out THIS fun video from Flocabulary called "Ode to Librarians."

And now, as promised, the surprise!  In honor of National Library Week, I am throwing a 15% off TpT sale!

Surprise! I changed the clipart a bit on this image.  LOL  The sale will run through Saturday.  You can get to my TpT store, by clicking HERE.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your week.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April Free Author Poster

This month's spotlight author is Jarrett Krosoczka.

To download your free author poster, click on the picture above or click HERE.