This blog is very focused on helping teachers develop classroom organization strategies and also on improving their classroom management skills.
One key area where these two concepts come together is the classroom library because it needs to be both organized and managed on a regular basis. It is one of the most important areas of your classroom as it is the hub of reading instruction. Over the years I have written many articles to provide teachers with ideas for getting the most out of their libraries:
- How to Streamline Your Classroom Library
- Five Ways Teachers Can Get FREE Books for Their Classroom
- Ideas for Setting Up a Classroom Library
- Tips for Organizing a Classroom Library (with FREE printables)
- Organizing and Storing Books for Read Aloud in the Classroom
- Tips for Organizing and Managing Read Aloud in the Classroom
- Tips for Managing Book Buddies: Book Clubs and Reading Partnerships in the Classroom
Here is an additional idea that can really help simplify the process of tracking books and easily maintain an organized classroom library.
Label a pinch-style clothespin for each student. I like to use numbers so they can be used year after year. When a student takes a book from the classroom library, he/she attaches the clip to the basket the book came out of. This makes it easy to return the book to the correct basket and maintain order in the library.
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