In The Beginning…..

I have no clue as to how things got so chaotic. Well, that’s not entirely true…. I think my organizational systems are so complex that the average 9 year-old might just have a tad bit of difficulty deciphering just what that organization is.

Too many lower level books for Grade 3.  The baskets are crammed.

Too many lower level books for Grade 3. The baskets are crammed.

Here is the “ugly”: I have 2 main book areas for the children. The first one is a leveled library of books. Pretty standard stuff, huh. However, having come to Third Grade 3 years ago from second grade (did I mention I taught second grade 15 out of the last 23 years?), I have lots and lots of lower level reading books. Sometimes that is advantageous as I am the classroom teacher in a special education inclusion classroom — there’s quite a range (this year from Level aa to Q/R). Goal #1: I’d like to whittle down the baskets so there’s a one- or two-level range of books to choose from.

I have a lot of books from my very generous predecesor who retired. I am noticing that the age of the books, the amount of wear and tear, sometimes causes “classics” to go unused. Goal #2: Improve the display of the books in the library.

Most of these books are organized by Genre, Author, or some other category.

Most of these books are organized by Genre, Author, or some other category.

Finally, having previously personally purchased (is this a surprise to anyone outside of education?) most of the books in my classroom library for my classroom in another school, (yes indeed — all of those books on the white shelves plus about a third of the ones in the blue leveled baskets) I know I have too many “categories”. All of the books on the white shelves are sorted by “genre” or interest or series. Goal #3: Consolidate the book selections so children can easily locate a just-right book.

Yesterday I encouraged the students to start making suggestions for reorganizing this choas through suggestions made intheir response journal. I got my first feedback this afternoon:

Dear Mrs. Bisson,
You should make a catagory for Jack Prelutsky books. You have too many of them.
Love,
S

Well, S, I will definitely take that under advisement — however, I can’t imagine I’ll ever have too many Jack Prelutsky books 🙂

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