Thursday, November 13, 2014

November Literacy Specialists meeting notes

The elementary Literacy Specialists had their November meeting this morning.

The topics discussed were:

  • Guided reading
  • Classroom libraries
  • Genre

Click here for my notes.

Regarding classroom libraries (this is in my notes, but I want to say it here too, in case you don't click through). 

Don't be threatened by teachers having classroom libraries. Research shows that kids with greater access to reading materials read more, increase vocabulary and comprehension. They should be surrounded by books and reading everywhere. It's not a competition. We're all working toward the same goal, which is getting kids to be readers.

So...please support your teachers in their efforts to build a classroom library. Provide them with appropriate titles for their grade levels. While they have been charged with creating a classroom library, they haven't had the training you've had in collection development. Offer an after school staff development on tips for selecting high quality books in many different genres. They might also appreciate tips on circulating and organizing their libraries.

Also, teachers shouldn't have to spend half of their paycheck every month to develop a classroom library. Please allow and encourage them to check out as many books as they need to either serve as or supplement the classroom library. If you need to reduce the number of books the kids are checking out to accomodate this, DO IT. The kids will still have access to the books and EVERYBODY WINS.

There is a link in my notes to an article about building classroom libraries that was shared in the meeting. It's a quick read, and I'd encourage you all to read it.

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