The Simple Strength of Finnish Education

I commonly read about Finland’s education system and one of my favorite people to read from is Tim Walker. He’s come out with another piece titled: The Simple Strength of Finnish Education It’s a quick read where you’ll learn more about his thoughts on Finland’s sensible, independent, modest, playful, low-stress, and equitable (SIMPLE) education system. Have a lovely day! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

3 Great Articles to Spark Discussions

There are three articles I’ve read recently that I wanted to share with you. While each of them is focused within a different topic area, they are all related to the field of education and have the potential to spark wonderful discussions within colleagues, friends, or even students. They are listed in no particular order. When Finnish Teachers work in America’s Public Schools By Timothy D. Walker of The Atlantic Teaching Children the Real Names for Body Parts By Perri Klass of The New York Times A Deep Conversation about Binary Thinking By Allie Jane Bruce of Reading While White I find these three to be a fun change of pace for a K-12 staff meeting (or high school current events class) in which the entire group is broken up into three smaller groups. In this setting each group is given one of the articles to read and discuss before sharing out with the whole group. The larger group can then have a discussion if time permits. I hope you enjoy! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

Quality Resource: National Council for the Social Studies

The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) provides a great deal of resources including their online teacher’s library, position statements, professional development, and the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for the Social Studies. One resource within the position statements is their piece on Media Literacy. Media literacy is greatly needed within our information overloaded society. I would highly recommend reading this short piece as the key questions included are useful to any educator and the concept is one of great importance. In addition, the NCSS publishes a list of notable trade books for young people. You must be a member for the current year’s list however all prior lists are accessible without a membership. This is a great list to consider when deciding what books to add to your home, classroom, or school library! Your librarian, Katelyn

Quality Resource: NewseumED

At least twice a month I will be posting about quality resources that I have either used or am interesting in using in the future related to recent posts. This is the first and features resources from the Newseum! It correlates with my previous post on The Fledgling. If you are looking for ways to enhance your instruction in history, media literacy, and civics, check out NewseumED! There are FREE learning tools on media literacy and our First Amendment freedoms for students in grade three through adults. As soon as you complete your free registration, all materials are ready and waiting to assist your instruction within five categories: ED Tools This section allows you to search hundreds of standards-aligned lesson plans, artifacts, case studies and more that bring the Newseum’s content and collection to you. ED Classes & Training This section helps you find information about free standards-aligned workshops for students visiting the Newseum, plus virtual classes, professional development for teachers and adult team building programs. (most of this section requires you to be in or planning to visit Washington, D.C.) ED Collections This section allows you to explore important topics in-depth using primary sources, artifacts from the Newseum’s collection and interactive learning tools. ED Ideas […]