The News Literacy Project

The News Literacy Project (NLP) is a nonpartisan national education nonprofit that works with educators and journalists to teach middle school and high school students how to sort fact from fiction in the digital age. NLP provides these students with the essential skills they need to become smart, active consumers of news and information and engaged, informed citizens.

This website is definitely worth checking out.

Source: The News Literacy Project

“Rethinking Shelving: Making Your Children’s Collections User-Friendly” by Steven Engelfried

It was the princesses that did it. About five years ago it seemed like every day a different little girl would come up to the children’s desk and want help finding picture books about princesses. I could do pretty well with trucks and trains because I knew enough books by author and could jump from Barton to Crews to McMullen until I found one. But I only knew a few princess books, and they were always checked out. And that was the final straw that led us to create our “Picture Book Topics” section. Soon we had a new “Pink” section filled with princesses, mermaids, and stories about girls who like sparkly things. It became and remains one of the most heavily used collections in the library.

We’ve added other new sections to our children’s collection in the past five years, including leveled early readers, a “Non-Fiction Series” area, and fiction staff picks by grade level and genre. All of the changes were spurred by asking a few basic questions about what happens at the Children’s Desk:• How do kids (and sometimes their grownups) describe the books they want?• Do we arrange the collection in ways that match those descriptions?• If our collection arrangement doesn’t match a user’s questions, can we change it?

Source: “Rethinking Shelving: Making Your Children’s Collections User-Friendly” by Steven Engelfried

Learning Characteristics of pos-Millenials

Some interesting insights here:

From the article:

“As an overprotected generation, post millennials, are less likely to be independent learners and more likely to develop into conformist young adults.  Unlike generation x they are adept at group work and thrive in a highly structured environment.  Some key learning indicators of this generation are: (1) impatience and short attention span, (2) high reliance on technology for access to information and learning, (3) diminished verbal communication skills, and (4) skilled multi-taskers.  Adaptations to these learning styles, and in some way deficits, can help this generation of students gain a greater amount of success in the classroom.”

Does your teaching experience seem to support these ideas?

Post Millennial Learner Characteristics