Showing posts from October, 2014

Preparation for Character Day

The students of all ages were challenged with finding a book of their favourite characters, and it could match their Halloween costume. This twist meant that students had to do a little more searching and allowed me to assess their skills on using library signage and the catalogue.

We had many happy customers, although I soon discovered that I don't have many devil books in the collection and was pleasantly surprised that I wasn't overwhelmed with princess or superhero requests. Many students got creative and took skeleton books from the Dewey section or a Sleepy Hallow Book from the Fairy Tale section. There was quite a diversity!

Character Day: Celebrate Great Characters and Build Empathy

Children love to talk about characters, whether it be from a book, movie or TV show. They make those great connections to themselves, others, books and the world.Conversations about how characters face problems helps children to build empathy. Not just any book will do this, it needs to be quality literary fiction with complex characters . 
Sharing quality books with characters experiencing a range of emotions reassures a child that challenges in life happen to others and they are not alone in feelings. Topics that seem frightening shouldn't be shied away from, but rather embraced since it helps children to realize and be prepared for the emotions that come from life's little upsets. There's a theory that raising children to be readers will result in a more peaceful society. Seeing the world through a character's eyes helps children to have a broader picture of the world than their own personal community.
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Books that All Kids Can Enjoy

A while ago I attended an IB webinar on International Mindedness. Webinars are a great way for teachers to get some quick professional development from the comfort of our living room. And, you can join them even if you're not currently at an IB school.

The course I attended was run by a fabulous PYP Coordinator/ Vice Principal / Friend Andrean Holmberg Strachan and her elementary librarian, who I forget the name of (forgive me!) and the work at the Canadian International School of Singapore. The librarian generously shared her list and I've since added titles that I found in my current library.

These titles create great discussion during knee to knee or think pair share chats. Students of all ages can relate to the different perspectives and learn that inclusion and appreciation of differences is important.

My Top 5 Favourite International Mindedness Books (in order of age appropriateness)