My current (small) library/storage space!
I’m really glad we had the opportunity to blog about classroom libraries because I needed to explore my thoughts in more than just a few tweets.
My first thought on them is that they’re amazing. When I was in high school, my English teacher had bookshelves, but they only had our required readings on them. We also didn’t have an opportunity to read independently for class and weren’t given any time to explore book options in our school library. I have always loved to read, but in high school, I only made time to read independently during summer and winter breaks. I can’t imagine how much I would have read in high school if my teacher had a classroom library!
I’m so excited to build a classroom library when I begin teaching. Recently, a lot of my money goes to YA books, so I’m excited to share them with students! My book shelf isn’t big enough, so I also have stacks of books at my house! Sarah Andersen’s blog is also very helpful in organizational aspects of her classroom library. I really liked her display book cases. I think having a classroom library is really facilitates children’s reading lives, and being aggressive (in a good way of course) about presenting these books just takes it a step further. Displaying certain books by genre, season, student recommendation is a great way to get students excited about reading. Personally, I’m way more likely to read a book if my peers have raved about it.
I also appreciated the check-out system because I won’t be able to lend my books out to students (or anyone) without any type of record showing where my books are. I liked her binder system and putting names and books on her whiteboard that are checked out. I know it’s not a perfect system, but I’m not sure there is one for checking your books out to students!