Author Archives: Joan Lange

Judging a Book by Its Cover

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.  Voltaire “Judging a book by its cover” has the negative connotation of shallow perceptions and narrow-mindedness; however, in a recent Design Principles unit, 7th and 8th grade students examined cover … Continue reading

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The Rule of Three: Making Stories Memorable

  Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.    Mark Twain   Don’t be mislead by the Mark Twain quote; this article is not a commentary about political elections, but rather, … Continue reading

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“Escape the Room” with Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Like a happy reunion with a childhood friend, re-reading a classic children’s book provides an opportunity to celebrate fond memories while also making new connections. An opportunity arose to reconnect with the 1968 Newbery winner, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, as … Continue reading

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Physical Space + Thinking = Cultures of Learning

At the STLinSTL summer institute hosted by MICDS, I attended a fascinating session by Ron Ritchhart, co-author of Making Thinking Visible.  Ritchhart’s recent book, Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools, provided … Continue reading

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Creating Presentations That Resonate

Are you zombified by student PowerPoint presentations and a bit dizzy after viewing spinning Prezis? This year I have been rethinking the librarian’s role as literacy expert.  Whether you use the term media literacy, digital literacy, data literacy, or New … Continue reading

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Putting the “I” in Books: Students Innovating iBooks

A summer conference session on iBooks at Lausanne Learning Institute inspired a collaborative challenge between our high school library and Chelsy Hooper, the technology integrator of a middle school: How could students at Pope John Paul II High School creatively teach … Continue reading

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Reanimating Frankenstein (through Art): An Ekphrastic Writing Workshop

To write a poem is to explore the unknown capacities of the mind and the heart; it is emotive, empathetic exercise and, like being struck by lightning, it will probably leave you stunned, singed, but also a bit brighter. (Young … Continue reading

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Innovating Book Talks

The December 15th issue of Booklist features an article: “Sure Bets for Book Discussions.” The article is part of an upcoming book by Brad Hooper, The Librarian’s Guide to Book Programs and Author Events . I think a similar list … Continue reading

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Teen Read Week: Are Mysteries Your Cup of Tea?

Teen Read Week, a celebration of reading for young adult readers initiated by Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) in   1998, has become a favorite annual event in our high school library     and has elicited the support … Continue reading

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ABCs of Google Classroom

This summer I attended a Google Classroom session at the Lausanne Learning Institute in Memphis. Several of the teachers at my high school, Pope John Paul II, are using Google Classroom to enhance instruction and make classroom management more efficient. … Continue reading

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