May Chicagoland Storytime Underground Notes

May 27th, 2016 Professional Development Rachel Reinwald 7 min read

Guerilla Storytime 5/26/16 Niles (1 hr) Attending: Rachel Reinwald (Lake Villa), Julia Frederick (Deerfield), Kristin Anderson (Bloomingdale), Kara DeCarlo (Roselle), April Howe (ELA), Dierde Winterhauler (Niles) Other cool things we talked about: Have a meetup on an ELL theme (Dia, bilingual storytime, outreach, etc) Ohio Kindergarten Readiness checklist (IL doesn’t have one online): academic, social/emotional, personal knowledge). Roselle website “News in YS” ready for Kindergarten…

Boosting Brain Power by Jill Stamm

Boosting Brain Power

May 27th, 2016 Book Reviews, Early Literacy Skills, Nonfiction, Professional Development Rachel Reinwald 1 min read

Boosting Brain Power: 52 Ways to Use What Science Tells Us ISBN: 978-0-87659-359-2 Pages: 126 Publisher: Gryphon House Published: 05/01/16 Boosting Brain Power is a nonfiction book aimed at parents to teach them research-backed reasons and activities for brain building, bonding, and communicating with their 0-3 year-old to build early literacy and strengthen brain connections. A lot of the information and research will be familiar…

5 apps for education

Appy Hour: 5 Apps for Education

Apr 24th, 2015 Apps, Professional Development, Technology Rachel Reinwald 4 min read

This was the first Appy Hour I tried. I got the idea from another library doing a general appy hour. This was originally an adult program there, but I tweaked it for my job because, well I am not in the adult department, it is the perfect opportunity to show teachers new apps they can use for themselves or in the classroom. I wanted to…

15 Great Teaching Books

Apr 20th, 2015 Lists, Professional Development Rachel Reinwald 8 min read

As a school services librarian, I continually purchase for the teaching collection, a section of our library that has books that help teachers and homeschooling parents find teaching resources and information on teaching practice and theory. A couple of popular topics teachers are looking for include differentiating instruction, Common Core and Next Gen Science Standards help, Student Learning Objectives design and Response to Intervention. Our…