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.
Every summer that slips by without reading increases the gap and further stacks the deck against already at-risk readers. Learn what you can do at any time of year to fight against the summer slide. Iincludes strategies, anchor charts, printable planning sheet for students, funding sources, Parent Tips Printable handout, web resources and more.
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
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.
The guide includes: collecting materials and supplies for the gathering space, considerations for choosing your just-right gathering space locations. suggestions for helping students manage boundaries, tips for creating gathering spot agreements with students, problem-solving ideas for crowded classrooms, and a classroom Gathering Space Reflection Tool.
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.
This reflection style planning tool will help you take stock of your current resources, skills, and routines and then identify next steps and realistic timelines to help yourself move forward. One choice, one action, one day at a time you can make the move to a more reader-centered classroom.
This one page handout is meant to be shared with family members, volunteers, and community members to provide ideas about scaffolding the reading experience with child, gradually sharing and then eventually releasing responsibility.
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.
Vibrant reading lives are built one intentional action at a time. Get kids involved in reflecting on their own reading lives and setting goals for themselves as readers, starting with this tool. Four intentional directions for reflection include Book Choice, Healthy Habits, Strategic Process, and Authentic Response.