Expect to see more articles about digital literacy, 21st century learning skills, and creative teaching tips for educators. Writing the book according to the original table of contents is on hold for now, since there is so much more research and experimentation to do!
Creative Teacher Librarian
Teach better and have more fun doing it…
Philosophy: Creative teaching enhances student engagement and better prepares young people for a technologically sophisticated society where change is the only constant.
This time-saving guide is for educators seeking to inspire, challenge and engage students using traditional and cutting-edge tools. Teachers, librarians, administrators and educators of students in grades 4-8 will benefit most from these classroom and school-wide initiatives, units, clubs, productions and activities.
School-based publishing: Make inexpensive poetry books, ebook anthologies, recipe books and yearbooks for your school and community using Publisher, Smashwords, Scrivener and local print shops.
Live Drama: Everything you need to know to put on a play, run an improv club, hold an inspiring talent & culture night and use drama to promote literacy events at your school.
Teaching with blogs and podcasts: Create a low-maintenance classroom blog as a resource and assignment organizer, use podcasts to teach almost anything, make voice recordings with students, create radio plays and get your work listed in iTunes.
Creative and engaging activities for ESL and ‘foreign’ language learning: Try favorite low-prep language games, share student work with families here and abroad, use drama to spice up ESL and FSL, make some exchanges, and use comics and graphic novels to teach ESL.
Teaching with Aliens and Monsters: Discover speculative fiction books for teaching, SciFi writing ideas, dystopian novel studies, monsters for cartooning, alien writing prompts, masks and costumes, Halloween novelties, SF picture books, and intriguing author profiles.
Making videos: Teach kids to shoot and edit commercials, video shorts, a video feature, trip videos and grad shows, all with added music and special effects.
Quick & Creative: Use favorite kid-tested activities to stimulate critical thinking, break the ice, crush boredom and stimulate fluency with traditional materials, and digital technology.
Books that teach: Use favorite books that are lessons in themselves or that launch in-depth explorations. Discover recommended online books, eBooks and other digital reading resources as well.
New Style Poetry: Learn to use spoken word, rap, cut-up poetry, found poetry and traditional and experimental forms to get to know and evaluate students quickly.
Creative Classroom Organization: Shortcuts to lighten teacher workload, foster student engagement and unlock hidden student potential with compelling projects and real scenarios that teach autonomy and support accountability.
Sharing your creative life with students models risk-taking and creates a welcoming, low-stress environment for students. Read about the triumphs and pitfalls of sharing your artistic works within the school community, including profiles of educator-artists who thrive in and out of schools.
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