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Wittmann, Paula; Fisher-Allison, Nancy – Knowledge Quest, 2020
This piece focuses on creating a safe space for several subsets of the elementary school student population, including Muslim students, children with autism spectrum disorder, and students with social-emotional challenges. These groups do overlap and intersect, and they are united in their reliance on the library as a refuge. However, school…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Elementary Schools, Elementary School Students, Muslims
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Waitman, Kay – Knowledge Quest, 2020
This article discusses how the author, Kay Waitman, provided a safe and welcome environment in her school's library, by creating an "Our Languages" collection of books in the first languages of all her students, from Espanõl to Hmong to Yup'ik Eskimo. She also partnered with a local furniture store, Scan Home, to create a large, cozy…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, School Libraries, Native Language, Books
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Sexton, Keungsuk – Knowledge Quest, 2020
This article discusses how the Kindness Initiative at the Dr. Michael Conti School in Jersey City, New Jersey, where the author is the school librarian and a literacy support teacher, promotes a climate where students feel accepted. As they progress from pre-K through middle school, students are exposed to social justice literature designed to get…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Educational Environment, Inclusion, Altruism
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O'Connor, Mary Lou Caron – Knowledge Quest, 2019
Nothing is more fulfilling than a school library full of students hungry to learn--especially when they have all the tools and resources they need and, more importantly, a school librarian ready to help them gain the knowledge and understanding they need to apply technology to become fully digitally literate citizens. Therefore, it was very…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Educational Resources, School Libraries, Elementary School Students
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Hurd, Molly – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Halifax Independent School is a small K-9 school where children learn in multi-age groups and in a setting where all the core subjects are integrated into the study of interesting themes such as Oceans, Nova Scotia, and Living Things. These themes last a whole year, involve the whole elementary school, and are designed to cover traditional subject…
Descriptors: Literacy, Geology, Mixed Age Grouping, Teaching Methods
Giffard, Sue – Knowledge Quest, 2016
The scenario that the author encountered when she began working in her present position was not unusual for an elementary school library: the students study a culture, and the librarian reads the stories of that culture to them to enrich the study and to make the culture come alive. The fourth-graders studied the Maya in the fall and the ancient…
Descriptors: Story Telling, School Libraries, Elementary Schools, Elementary School Students
Smollar, Sally – Knowledge Quest, 2016
As an elementary school librarian, Sally Smollar has had access to the latest technologies since document scanners were considered cutting edge. Even then, allowing students to scan images to insert into their stories was a game changer. Since those days, Smollar writes that she has never stopped experimenting with various platforms and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, School Libraries, Librarians, Story Telling
Coleman, Mary Catherine – Knowledge Quest, 2016
This past school year, the author set out to develop lessons that incorporated the design thinking process into her literature exploration curriculum in the school library. Design thinking is a term that the author has heard many times over the past few years in the context of education. Design thinking has been incorporated into the school…
Descriptors: Design, School Libraries, Cognitive Processes, Thinking Skills
Rabbat, Suzy – Knowledge Quest, 2014
One of the most memorable achievements of adolescence is the independence gained from obtaining a driver's license. Students are highly motivated to study the rules of the road, hone their skills behind the wheel, and meet all the state requirements to reach their goal. They are invested in the process because they value the outcome. The Driver's…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Inquiry, Instructional Design, Driver Education
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Kaplan, Tali Balas; Giffard, Sue; Still-Schiff, Jennifer; Dolloff, Andrea K. – Knowledge Quest, 2013
This article is presented by four librarians who have come together as a creative team at Ethical Culture School in New York City. As elementary school librarians, their goal is to develop and support curriculum where children's developmental needs are given central importance. By putting the thinking, interests, information needs, and the…
Descriptors: Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Classification, Childrens Literature, School Libraries
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Knowledge Quest, 2011
For those who are experiencing a lack of creative inspiration within their school library program but are ready to "turn a page" in their career or school library program, they may head to Minneapolis to attend one of the many great preconference workshops. This article presents and describes preconference workshops design to rid…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Workshops, Library Services, Librarians
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Cevellos, Tatiana – Knowledge Quest, 2008
In this case history, the author describes how her journey as a reader evolved from a poor reader who did not like to read in elementary school into an avid trilingual reader in graduate school. Once she discovered the joy of reading, each language in which she read had its own purpose and emotional connection. She credits self-selected reading…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Foreign Countries, Reading Instruction, Reading Motivation
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Jones, Caryl – Knowledge Quest, 2001
Focuses on infusing technology and instructional strategies into a school library media program, aimed at K-5 students. Discusses a tool that fosters a pre-reader's independent access to resources; a button-based Web page that introduces the Internet; the "I Wonder Project"; a graphic organizer that helps students structure the collection of…
Descriptors: Educational Media, Educational Resources, Educational Technology, Elementary Education