Saturday, March 14, 2015

300th Post Celebration

300 posts?!  I can hardly believe that I started this blog only three and half years ago.  At the time, I thought it would be a great way to chronicle my journey as a school library media specialist.  I never dreamed that it would become a place to share and collaborate with other SLMS and TLs all over the country and even the world.  I have learned so much through blogging, made some professional and personal connections, and hopefully have shared something helpful, too.  It has been a fantastic journey and I am happy to be sharing it with you.

Here's a look back on the top five most popular blog posts thus far:

Helping Patrons Help Themselves
This was one of my earliest blog posts and has been the most viewed, too.  In it I wrote about how I want my students to be able to find the materials they need and want when they need and want them, and how I planned to accomplish that.  You can read the entire blog post HERE.

Parts of a Book, Good Fit Books, and Shelf Order
Shew! That is a title that covers a lot.  It seems that even a year later, I was still teaching patrons to be able to find what they needed and wanted, but also to find materials that were good fit for their reading skills.  Those are lessons that can never be taught enough.  You can read the entire blog post HERE.

Dictionary Skills
This is one post that gets a lot of hits around this time of year as we are all gearing up for state testing.  The lessons I posted about were so much fun for the students that I repeated them this year.  They kids didn't seem to mind. They had a ball.  You can read the entire blog post HERE and download your free dictionary skills activity pack.

Book Tasting Anyone?
I can't take credit for the book tasting idea. It was all over Pinterest and many other librarians held book tastings and blogged about it long before I tried it. It was just such a fun idea that I had to jump on board.  You can read all about my book tasting adventure HERE in this blog post and download your copy of the book tasting pack.

Figurative Language Activity
This is another one of the posts that gets a lot of hits around state testing time.  It also a fun lesson to do in April because it's National Poetry Month.  You can read more about this fun activity HERE.

And of course I have added many freebies to my blog over the years.  Currently there are over 100 freebies available for downloading.  You can click HERE to go to the freebies page and check them out.

To celebrate this milestone, I am throwing a TpT sale beginning March 17th and running through the 19th.  All paid products in my TpT store will be 20% off.  Thanks for following me on this journey that I hope to be on for many more years.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Free Author Poster

This month's spotlight author is Mo Willems.

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