This week I worked more on establishing checkout routines with students and organizing the library so that students would know where to go and what to do.
Library Materials Organization
I like to make things as easily accessible to the students as possible. I have a designated materials section where students can find crayons, paper, extra sharpened pencils, tissues etc.
|Current Materials Center|
|Example of table sign. I glue it to construction paper, trim it all down and laminate|
Additionally, on each table there will be a set of shelf markers for easy access and plastic name badges for library cards. I made shelf markers out of laminated card stock. I'm not sure that they'll surivive very long, but they each have a unique number on them so students can identify which one they are using. I have students put their library cards in a name badge for three reasons – 1) to keep the card from getting ripped up, and 2) it makes it easy to find it to scan it, 3) it acts as a name tag. I bought the badges with metal clips through a school supply store - but you could get them at any office supply store. The name badges get pretty abused throughout the year because I use the same set of badges for all classes, so I always buy about 100, so I can replace them as needed. To get library cards out quickly to students, I keep them filed by class; then each table has a laminated envelope where their cards are stored with their teacher’s name and their table letter on it.
I have three days worth of checkouts under my belt, and one thing is for sure – I have some fine tuning to do. I have 35 minutes to get kids seated, do a lesson, and I need to allow time for kids to pick out books and get checked out. I’m down five minutes from last year, and I am really feeling it; it’s actually funny how big of a deal five minutes can be! Next week I’m going to set a timer on my phone so that I can keep myself on track better. I guess I’ll have to keep doing that until the I get the timing down.
Week 2 of lessons
For the second week of classes, I focused on some basic check out procedures and book care. With first – fifth grade, I introduced the use of a shelf marker (with the help of a YouTube video embedded in a prezi) and my procedures for using library cards. Check out my Prezi Library Organization Week 2. We pretty much made it through everything except I skimmed over the website information. I also skipped the book care video with the older kids to save some time – but the K-2 students loved it!
What suggestions do you have for organizing your space and what are your favorite routines?