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May 15, 2015

Classroom Library Makeover

By Rhonda Stewart
Grades 3–5, 6–8

    I love the reading nooks in my classroom. They are warm and inviting. Everyone who comes into my classroom always comments how cozy it is. Recently our reading nooks received a gift from Sue Grass, my co-teacher. She had a beanbag chair that was just collecting dust in her house. The kids love it! The beanbag chair is so popular that our teacher assistants (student helpers) created a rotation schedule so that everyone gets a chance to get lost in a book in that chair. Plus, the room had to be rearranged to accommodate the new addition.

    With the reading nooks getting a face-lift, I thought it would be a good time to reevaluate the checkout system for books.

    Before

     

    After

     

    Current Checkout System

    There are checkout sheets for books located in the front of the classroom. Students sign their book selections in and out. Class librarians do a random check to make sure that the books have been returned. The system works, it’s just not very "21st century."

     
     

    Book Wizard in the Classroom

    Currently we use Book Wizard only to level books. As new books come into the library, the class librarians search for the level through Book Wizard, write it on a sticker, put the sticker on the book, and place the book on shelves. Most of the time I add the books to my class list folder.

    As more popular books were added to the inventory, I realized that I needed a better system to track where each title could be found as well as who borrowed what. I had previously downloaded the Book Wizard App to my iPad, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a try and to put it to good use.

    Reyna has been the lead class librarian for the past two cycles. She has worked very diligently on organizing the books by genres and coming up with kid-friendly ideas for storage. She graciously accepted the challenge of becoming the "Book Wizard Ambassador" for our room.

    Reyna was the consummate professional during taping of our instructional videos. These brief video clips highlight how to use Book Wizard to organize booklists, go through the scanning process, add books to the booklists, and search for books. With our new system in place, any librarian who comes after Reyna will be able to view the videos and use the app to inventory books.

     

    Creating a Booklist

     

    Organizing Booklists

     

    Scanning Books

     

    Search Help

     

    Adding to a Booklist

     

    The book bins are the next to be updated. There needs to be uniformity. We will make a decision to use either Word Workshop, or continue with Beth Newingham's library labels. Check back in September to see the complete transformation!

    Pearls of Wisdom — We are now solidly into the 21st century! Pick and choose which technologies you would like to try for the upcoming school year. Be bold and daring!

    In the comments, please share any classroom library ideas you have found to be successful. I enjoy sharing ideas that make all of our lives easier.

     

     

     

     

    I love the reading nooks in my classroom. They are warm and inviting. Everyone who comes into my classroom always comments how cozy it is. Recently our reading nooks received a gift from Sue Grass, my co-teacher. She had a beanbag chair that was just collecting dust in her house. The kids love it! The beanbag chair is so popular that our teacher assistants (student helpers) created a rotation schedule so that everyone gets a chance to get lost in a book in that chair. Plus, the room had to be rearranged to accommodate the new addition.

    With the reading nooks getting a face-lift, I thought it would be a good time to reevaluate the checkout system for books.

    Before

     

    After

     

    Current Checkout System

    There are checkout sheets for books located in the front of the classroom. Students sign their book selections in and out. Class librarians do a random check to make sure that the books have been returned. The system works, it’s just not very "21st century."

     
     

    Book Wizard in the Classroom

    Currently we use Book Wizard only to level books. As new books come into the library, the class librarians search for the level through Book Wizard, write it on a sticker, put the sticker on the book, and place the book on shelves. Most of the time I add the books to my class list folder.

    As more popular books were added to the inventory, I realized that I needed a better system to track where each title could be found as well as who borrowed what. I had previously downloaded the Book Wizard App to my iPad, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a try and to put it to good use.

    Reyna has been the lead class librarian for the past two cycles. She has worked very diligently on organizing the books by genres and coming up with kid-friendly ideas for storage. She graciously accepted the challenge of becoming the "Book Wizard Ambassador" for our room.

    Reyna was the consummate professional during taping of our instructional videos. These brief video clips highlight how to use Book Wizard to organize booklists, go through the scanning process, add books to the booklists, and search for books. With our new system in place, any librarian who comes after Reyna will be able to view the videos and use the app to inventory books.

     

    Creating a Booklist

     

    Organizing Booklists

     

    Scanning Books

     

    Search Help

     

    Adding to a Booklist

     

    The book bins are the next to be updated. There needs to be uniformity. We will make a decision to use either Word Workshop, or continue with Beth Newingham's library labels. Check back in September to see the complete transformation!

    Pearls of Wisdom — We are now solidly into the 21st century! Pick and choose which technologies you would like to try for the upcoming school year. Be bold and daring!

    In the comments, please share any classroom library ideas you have found to be successful. I enjoy sharing ideas that make all of our lives easier.

     

     

     

     

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