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Friday, January 1, 2016

OH, NO YOU DON'T!!!! iTeachFirst LINKY

HUH?
Don't WHAT?  I didn't DO it! YET!
So what am I doing? (Or NOT doing?)

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So again...WHAT AM I DOING???

REDOING MY CLASSROOM LIBRARY!
WHAT????   AGAIN????
NO!!!!!!!

So, How many times do I have to do it..before I LIKE it??
Here is the BEFORE...







So, why? Oh, why?
Why mess with a GOOD thing?
( Can you hear the shame in my voice?)

BECAUSE.
Because I know what wonderful books are in the tubs.
BUT ...  the kids DON'T!

They know their favorites.
They go to the same tub over & over.
I LOVE THAT.
BUT....

How do you know... there might be a BOOK you would LOVE BETTER!
They don't search. 
They just go to what they know.

SO..
I am expanding their KNOWLEDGE BASE!

I have decided to TAKE AWAY THE TUBS!
WHAT????
I know...you with OCD will HATE ME!

WHY?
Because..it's not MY library...it's OURS!
I am going to dump EVERY book in a pile in the middle of our carpet area.
AND WE WILL SORT!

Common core says NONFICTION is a PRIORITY!
My kids don't even know WHAT Nonfiction books we have!
So...we shall sort!
Fiction...Nonfiction...author study...science...etc..etc..etc...
NOT ME!
Not my SUMMER! (again )
OURS...ALL OF US!

(Do not do this the day your admin is observing YOU!)
This will take time...time well spent!


My thoughts are to have the kids make labels..NOT ME!
And put them right ON THE SHELF!
YES...ON THE SHELF!
They take ownership,  so they can put things away!
Not ME!



Others have perservered..it IS POSSIBLE!
WOW!
 A Classroom library that mimics a PUBLIC LIBRARY!???

They will know HOW to USE a PUBLIC LIBARY!
Not "What tub is -------  book in?"
Hmmmm...

Food for thought.

So...if you are thinking of 
RAISING THE BAR
in YOUR classroom library..

LET THEM DO IT!

Close your eyes...
change your MINDSET..
and collaborate
 WITH YOUR STUDENTS!

They might surprise YOU!




( AND...YOU GET YOUR SUMMER ORGANIZING..BACK!)
Almost...
:)

Happy New Year!

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6 comments:

  1. Wow! You are a brave woman! Hope you will do another post when it is done, so we can see how it went!

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  2. That's a great idea! Involve the students...love it!

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  3. Thanks for linking up with us this month! This is a great idea for organizing a class library! :)

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  4. Wendy, I've done the book sort with the kids, and laughed at your warning about not doing this when you're expecting a visit from an administrator! So true!! But- it was a great success, because the students then knew which books we had and {at least somewhat!} where the books belonged!
    I think your point about the public library is well taken, but have to say that I think our paperbacks suffer less damage and get browsed more often when stored in bins. I'd love to hear how it goes for you!
    Linda at Primary Inspiration

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  5. I love having the kids take ownership for things! Great idea about the library! Happy New Year!

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  6. Love this!!! Great post!! I would love to know how they do and what treasures they discover!!!

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