I definitely know what you mean about those "book shoppers!" I've had students in the past stretch out looking for one book into the majority of their IDR time. To stop this, one thing I've done is post a sign near the classroom library letting them know when it is "open." Students can shop first thing in the morning, when they finish an assignment or while they are waiting for buses to arrive at the end of the day. I tell my students they are responsible for having enough material in their book boxes to read for about thirty straight minutes, no matter whether you are reading picture books or chapter books. I have discovered (the hard way!)when you make your rules about book shopping, you have to stick to your guns. As soon as that first person gets up during IDR to shop that opens the door for all the others! ~Genia
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