My LOVE/HATE relationship


Classroom Library

I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with my 
classroom library.

I LOVE BOOKS!

I Love my kiddos to LOVE books!

I Love the organization of a classroom library.

I HATE PUTTING BOOKS AWAY!

I HATE  A MESSY CLASSROOM LIBRARY.



And so...

What's a teacher to do?

REDO IT AGAIN!

So, How many times do I have to do it..
before I LOVE it?? (Again )

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!





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