This resource is designed for any educator who wants to build an abundant, diverse, and ever expanding classroom library, but who also needs to do things like keep the lights on, pay the mortgage, and put dinner on the table. Whether your classroom library is currently a humble little bookcase with two or three shelves, or a much larger collection built with love and resources over the course of many years, this guide is for you.
At the heart of a kid-centered classroom is a gathering space. Here students listen, talk, share, and learn from one another, much like we do when gathered around a campfire or a kitchen table. Whether you’re wondering how to get started, how to make functional refinements to your current gathering space, or you provide mentoring to others who may be designing or remodeling their classroom meeting space, this guide is for you.
Greeting students at the door is a chance to let students know from the first moment of the learning day: I see you. I’m glad you are here. You matter to me and to this learning community. We are going to have an exciting learning day.Yesterday is in the past. Today is a fresh start. If you want to learn more tips and tricks for making the moring greeting magic happen this free download is for you. The download includes: Greeting Kids at the Door: 7 Simple Ideas for Bringing More Magic, Mix and Match Menu of 36+ Greeting Examples, Making It Personal: 5 Customized Greetings for Everyday Scenarios
Classroom library design is not a once and done proposition. It’s a labor of love that evolves over time. To help you take stock of the current state of your classroom library and make intentional plans for the future, I’ve crated a Planning Tool to guide you as you reflect on location and functionality of the library, quantity, quality and variety of texts and routines for the care and keeping of the collection.
You can’t do everything. You have to commit with courage, clarity, and intention. This tool was designed to support guided reflection. Helping you to regroup, recommit, and realign your time and attention to what matters most. Every day is simply practice for the next.