Knowledge is the ultimate weapon.
Kim Butler is a Teacher Librarian at Birch Elementary is Boulder Valley School District. She is a recognized Highly Effective School Librarian in the state of Colorado. 
Every school librarian is a super librarian. The amount of things we have to know, keep track of, and share grows each day. This is a blog about being a school librarian in a 21st century world.

Maker Camp is LIVE!

posted Sep 24, 2018, 9:08 AM by Kim Butler

When you're signing up for conferences, 
please consider signing up for Maker Camp too!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e49aaaa22a3fc1-maker


LOVE and Maker Camp

posted Sep 12, 2018, 1:43 PM by Kim Butler   [ updated Sep 12, 2018, 1:46 PM ]

This week we explored the book Love by Matt de la Peña and Illustrated by Loren Long.


We all shared what Love is to us and all the ideas were collected and put together on a poster that we will display in the library (stay tuned for pictures!).




Maker Camp is coming your way soon! During conferences, you are invited to sign up for time slots in the library to participate in Maker camp. Bring your students and take twenty minutes out of your day to create something fun! All materials will be provided by Mrs. Butler but you will need to sign up to participate. All Birch students are welcome (along with adult supervision)! Learn about the maker movement and do something fun with your child! Look for details soon.






Underwear, Moles, and Checkout!

posted Aug 31, 2018, 12:31 PM by Kim Butler

This week we had an opportunity to enjoy the book Creepy Pair of Underwear! 
Everyone loved Jasper Rabbit and his adventures in this story.

https://www.amazon.com/Creepy-Pair-Underwear-Aaron-Reynolds/dp/1442402989

After visiting with Jasper, all 1st through 5th grades had the opportunity to check out books. We spent a little time discussing procedures for checkout. 
In 1st grade we reminded ourselves how to take good care of the books. You may see books coming home as of this week! Each class has a dedicated checkout day. 
This is the day your student should try and return their books each week so that they can get new ones! The dedicated checkout day for each class can be found here.

For the rest of our time in the library we worked on different skills.
Kindergarten - We learned more of the rules and procedures in the library as well and spent a little time getting to know the space.
1st - We reviewed how to take good care of books and learned how to check out books as first graders.

In second through fifth grades we honed our skills and knowledge by playing Whack-a-Mole!


Whack-a-Mole is an interactive game where the student select a mole that leads them to a page. The new page gives the student picking a task or a question.
Each mole links to something that we do in the library or something that is a rule or procedure in the library. 
Some of the tasks include building with planks, creating oral stories, solving puzzles, and the class favorite, GoNoodle challenges. 

We will continue our work on these things for a few weeks, with new stories coming most weeks.

Thank you all and please have a lovely long weekend!


** Thank you to all parents and families during this very difficult time at Birch, please continue to love one another and treasure the times we all get to share together.

WELCOME BACK!

posted Aug 21, 2018, 10:08 AM by Kim Butler

We're off and running here in the library. The summer was busy and lovely, with opportunities to connect with friends, family, and I even managed to get some learning and planning in. I attended and presented at two conferences and I made some great new connections! 
The biggest change for me this summer was that my husband and I got two kittens!
They are adorable and mischievous. 


I'm excited to put what I've learned to work here in the library, and I have some exciting ideas for this year. I'm especially excited for the district Maker Cohort that I'm participating in along with Mrs. Trenkamp and I'm excited for the incredible SCFD Alliance Grant that the third grade teachers won as well. I'm also thrilled to be collaborating with our new Art teacher Mrs. Hazzard later this year. I have a feeling it's going to be an adventurous year!

In the meantime here in the library we've gotten things off to an epic start with some community building, a story and a twist on an old game.

 We kicked off with a reminder of the 5 rules in the library, 

The Five Rules





https://www.amazon.com/Legend-Rock-Paper-Scissors/dp/0062438891


Afterward, we had an epic battle of Rock, Paper, Scissors, Cheer!

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Cheer!




Welcome Innedco Attendees!

posted Jun 11, 2018, 6:25 PM by Kim Butler   [ updated Jun 11, 2018, 7:02 PM ]

Please answer this quick question at https://www.sli.do/ to get us started.
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Happy Summer!

posted Jun 9, 2018, 2:14 PM by Kim Butler

Happy supper to everyone! I have been renovating my website and pulling all of my resources together this week! I decided this is the best place to put my regular family updates as well as any additional tidbits I come across. 

Today I want to share this article my lovely Author Friend Tabz pointed out to me. The article talks about how Fred Rogers thoughtfully chose all of his words in order to be clear and also to apply to all children who might be watching. Reading the steps listed was a revelation for me, because I also consider these things when speaking to the students. They actually broke it down to a few steps I'd like to share here.
“State the idea you wish to express as clearly as possible, and in terms preschoolers can understand.” Example: It is dangerous to play in the street. ​​​​​​
“Rephrase in a positive manner,” as in It is good to play where it is safe.
“Rephrase the idea, bearing in mind that preschoolers cannot yet make subtle distinctions and need to be redirected to authorities they trust.” As in, “Ask your parents where it is safe to play.”
“Rephrase your idea to eliminate all elements that could be considered prescriptive, directive, or instructive.” In the example, that’d mean getting rid of “ask”: Your parents will tell you where it is safe to play.
“Rephrase any element that suggests certainty.” That’d be “will”: Your parents can tell you where it is safe to play.
“Rephrase your idea to eliminate any element that may not apply to all children.” Not all children know their parents, so: Your favorite grown-ups can tell you where it is safe to play.
“Add a simple motivational idea that gives preschoolers a reason to follow your advice.” Perhaps: Your favorite grown-ups can tell you where it is safe to play. It is good to listen to them.
“Rephrase your new statement, repeating the first step.” “Good” represents a value judgment, so: Your favorite grown-ups can tell you where it is safe to play. It is important to try to listen to them.
“Rephrase your idea a final time, relating it to some phase of development a preschooler can understand.” Maybe: Your favorite grown-ups can tell you where it is safe to play. It is important to try to listen to them, and listening is an important part of growing.

Most educators are aware of the need to rephrase things positively, but often the other steps are often easy to neglect. I also would like to point out that most teachers don't work of a pre-written script, so we're doing this on the fly, so we may not get it perfect all the time. But no one can quite compare to Mr. Rogers, can they?

3/2/18

posted Jun 9, 2018, 12:40 PM by Kim Butler   [ updated Jun 9, 2018, 12:41 PM ]


Now that book fair is over (and thank you everyone for such an amazing turnout to the fair!), we are back to working hard on exploration in the library!


We have been spending time exploring various maker tools, learning things about coding, building, structures, and generally exploring a variety of things in the library.

K-2 - these students have been rotating to different stations in the library and doing some hands-on work with robots, building materials, computing, coding, and reading.

3-5 these students do the same activities as the younger students, with the change of a design and research challenge (called Extraordinaires) instead of additional practice on the computer.

Here’s a quick look of what they use as a guide:

We were extremely lucky because we had some high schoolers come and visit us on Wednesday. Two classes had the opportunity to work with these older students and get some specific guidance on the maker tools.


11/27/17

posted Jun 9, 2018, 12:36 PM by Kim Butler

We’re reading our final book for the CCBA awards, The Princess and the Pony. This is a charming story about a small princess with big dreams of becoming a warrior.


After the story each grade continued their work on technology.

Kindergarten - We’re working on using a full size computer, including identifying the parts and learning mouse skills such as double click, drag and drop, and select, and now we’ve begun typing!

1st grade - We’re learning how to sign into Wixie.com! This is a web based program that requires the students to log in with their BVSD email address. We are now starting to learn how to use the program, including doing assigned work in subjects like math.

2nd grade - We’re working on health topics in Brainpop.

3rd grade - We’re learning the art of searching while doing the scavenger hunt in the library. In pairs, we focus on keywords and using the library lookup to find what we need from the results of a search. We then have to successfully find the book in the library.

4th grade - We have been extending our science work from the classroom research on energy sources, and are working on videos for this!

5th grade - We’re continuing our work on Digital Citizenship and will soon be communicating with the students at Ryan Elementary!

I have also been working with 3rd graders on their science videos on change of state.


11/17/17

posted Jun 9, 2018, 12:34 PM by Kim Butler

This week we read Strictly No Elephants and discussed the author's message, which was about including others, regardless of differences.




After the story each grade continued their work on technology.

Kindergarten - We’re working on using a full size computer, including identifying the parts and learning mouse skills such as double click, drag and drop, and select.

1st grade - We’re learning how to sign into Wixie.com! This is a web based program that requires the students to log in with their BVSD email address.

2nd grade - We’re reviewing how to sign into things with our BVSD email and working on health topics in Brainpop.

3rd grade - We’re learning the art of searching while doing the scavenger hunt in the library. In pairs, we focus on keywords and using the library lookup to find what we need from the results of a search. We then have to successfully find the book in the library.

4th grade - We have been extending our science work from the classroom research on energy sources, and are working on videos for this!

5th grade - We’re continuing our work on Digital Citizenship and will soon be communicating with the students at Ryan Elementary!

I have also been working with 3rd graders on their science videos on change of state.

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