One of the most popular pages on our old website was the Practical Websites for Teachers page. These pages are retiring soon, but never fear! Mrs. McDaniel has been working to move the content to a new format. She has removed broken links and updated many sections with new content. You can find the new … Continue reading "BTC: Practical Websites for Teachers"
Today we had a very special group of visitors come to the BTC: Preschoolers from Immanuel Lutheran Early Childhood Center. The children came to EIU for a Kids and Science Day hosted by the biology department. After the students saw live snakes and other reptiles in the Biological Sciences building, they came for an interactive … Continue reading "Preschool students visit the BTC"
On Wednesday April 18, 2018 at 7pm, the Ballenger Teachers Center will host the Student Education Association RSO for an Earth Day themed presentation. Mrs. McDaniel will introduce students to Earth Day related resources for our pre-service teachers available at the BTC. Resources include a wide variety of kits, games, and science modules; resource books … Continue reading "Earth Day with S.E.A."
Each year, the Ballenger Teachers Center collects the nominees for the Illinois Young Readers’ Choice Awards. Take a look at our Illinois Young Readers’ Choice Award Guide here to see the titles on the 2021 nominees lists. The Rebecca Caudill Award is the flagship Illinois Young Readers’ Choice Award. It was first awarded in 1988. Twenty … Continue reading "Illinois Young Readers’ Choice Awards"
Every year, the American Library Association forms committees to select the best books of the year in a variety of categories. The selected titles represent examples of excellence in children’s and young adult literature and audio books. In addition to the gold medal award winners, each award will typically give honor awards to a few … Continue reading "2018 ALA Youth Media Awards"
Our Spring 2018 Storytime series has finished. Please stay tuned for future storytime opportunities in Fall 2018. Thank you to all the families who joined us for the program this academic year. Overall, we served 49 children in the 2017-2018 academic year. We would like to extend a huge thank you to all the RSOs who … Continue reading "BTC Storytime"
Booth Library has recently acquired a number of Spanish, French, and bilingual children’s books for the Ballenger Teachers Center collections. These titles were selected by Sarah Johnson, Foreign Languages librarian, and Michele McDaniel, Coordinator of the Ballenger Teachers Center. They can be found on the New Book Display in the BTC. Estudiantes de español: ¡visiten … Continue reading "New foreign language and bilingual children’s books in the BTC!"
Whenever I lead a tour or class in the BTC, I always tell students that the key to navigating the BTC is “Location, location, location!” Did you know that the BTC has over 13 different locations? Most often the locations separate out different types of materials such as textbooks and teaching materials, kits, juvenile books, … Continue reading "BTC Basics"
Join us in the BTC this winter for a series of Saturday Story Times. Story Times are coordinated by the BTC and offered by EIU Registered Student Organizations (RSOs). Each Story Time includes read-alouds on a specific theme and a craft or movement activity related to the story. Story times are free and open to … Continue reading "BTC Story Time"
This spring, I have the honor to collaborate with Dr. Jay Bickford in the Early Childhood/Elementary/Middle Level Education department and Dr. Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz in the History department. We received an exciting Faculty Development Partnership Grant that will allow our pre-service teachers to evaluate and implement history-based curricula in local schools. With our grant funds, we were … Continue reading "BTC Display – NCSS Notable Trade Books for Children"