Author Archives: Allison Peters

The Things I Can Do

Lower School students are buzzing with excitement for our upcoming author visit with Jeff Mack.   Jeff Mack is an author and illustrator of extraordinary picture books and a middle grade chapter book series called Clueless McGee. First Graders laughed their … Continue reading

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Mice On Ice, or what to do when you need to occupy first grade students who are consumed with upcoming holidays

Just before our holiday break I was finishing up a unit on Beginning Readers with first grade.  We needed a read aloud and fun activity that would feature Beginning Readers and keep our young students busy in those last restless … Continue reading

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The Constitution’s Preamble: Reinterpreted

Fifth graders are studying the government of the United States.  They’ve looked at the Constitution, the three branches of the government, the election process, and probably a lot more.  After meeting with a 5th grade teacher and learning that the … Continue reading

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An Update on the AISL Mentor Program

“The mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting.” Plutarch The Board is thrilled to announce that the Mentor Program is here! In the AISL Membership Survey conducted earlier this year, almost 50% of our … Continue reading

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To Starting New

This year, our school’s library staff shifted into new roles. That’s why the first word I added to the LS Library’s WOW Word Wall was neophyte. While experienced librarians, we are beginners together on this new adventure. Our team structure … Continue reading

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Puppy Tales

In the spring, we welcomed a puppy into our little family.  As we cuddle, house train, walk around the neighborhood, and feed him, characters and moments in children’s literature spring to mind.  Here are some examples: During an in-house Nathaniel … Continue reading

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Poetrees and Flutterbies

At this time of year we celebrate Spring, Poetry, and Butterflies in the Primary wing of the Lower School.  Many classes read books about the seasons, all classes read and write poems, and our second graders learn about butterflies, each … Continue reading

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Invite More Cuteness to Your Library!

If you’ve ever had a Get Caught Reading! bulletin board in your school, you know what I am talking about. Cuteness! This year we made it a goal to take pictures of students reading quietly in the library and post … Continue reading

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Mr. Wiggle and No-No-Never-Never

Hello, AISLers!  Welcome to 2016.  Welcome back to school. Welcome back to Independent Ideas. Earlier this school year I asked you, the experts in the field, for ideas on how to augment my first grade unit on book care.  That … Continue reading

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“I thought you were a nice Librarian”

That’s what one student said as I wrapped up a surprise lesson on plagiarism. In truth, I try to be a pretty nice librarian and like all of us, I hold students accountable to high expectations. To perform research well … Continue reading

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