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Organizing Your Classroom Library Webinar

Organizing Your Classroom Library Webinar

  On July 23rd, 2015, Really Good Stuff presented the third in a series of free professional development webinars for teachers.  The recording of the webinar is below and can be viewed on any device enabled with Flash.   Organizing Your Classroom Library Webinar


5 Must-Have Books for Your Kindergarten Library

5 Must-Have Books for Your Kindergarten Library

Going to the library was one of my favorite things to do in elementary school.  The room seemed enormous and the stacks upon stacks of undiscovered stories and information captured my imagination.  It was my favorite special of the week and even to this day the library gives me the same feeling of excitement.  I
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12 Places to Get Free and Low Cost Books for the Classroom

12 Places to Get Free and Low Cost Books for the Classroom

Providing a literature-rich classroom environment is important to ensuring student success.  Variety, in both genres and reading levels, is essential.  However, as all teachers know, the onus of stocking that classroom library is firmly on the teacher herself.  While families busily gather supplies the week before school starts, the average classroom teacher has been busy
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5 Tips for Maintaining a Great Classroom Library

5 Tips for Maintaining a Great Classroom Library

The classroom library is one of the most important areas of the learning space.  A welcoming, engaging space leads to more eager readers.  One of the challenges for teachers is to create an environment that is not only functional and organized, but that also captures their students’ attention.  The following tips are great, low-cost ways
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Magazine File Box Storage

Magazine File Box Storage

Idea by Melissa, Kindergarten Teacher, Plant City, FL As I get my classroom library ready for the next year, I make sure all books are back in their home and update my database of books. I have over 1,000 book titles to date. I keep all of my books in labeled plastic magazine file boxes.
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Literacy Totes

Literacy Totes

Idea by Heidi, Pre-K Teacher, American Canyon, CA For me, the best way to store my class library is with the help of plastic tote bags. I designate a plastic book tote for each month of the year, and a couple extra for the major holidays. In each tote I place all the books that
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There’s an App for That!

There’s an App for That!

Idea by Jared, a 5th Grade Teacher, in Harker Heights, TX. I set up my classroom library by grouping my books into genre-specific crates.  I then scan each bar code into a free app that stores them like a library. That way, I can always keep track of who has borrowed which book title.  


Genre Lessons Help Organize Books

Genre Lessons Help Organize Books

Idea by Laura, a 4th Grade Teacher, in the APO Armed Forces. I use inquiry to help students understand book genres while also providing a method for organizing my classroom library.  Here’s how: I provide small groups of students with a short stack of books and a classification chart featuring book genre definitions. I have
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20 Best Education Books for Your Professional Development Library

20 Best Education Books for Your Professional Development Library

Looking for some great professional development books to dive into this summer?  Check out 20 of the must-have education/teaching books below.  Is your favorite not listed?  Leave a comment below and let us know which ones you would recommend!   The First Days of School by Harry and Rosemary Wong   Literacy Work Stations by
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How to Make Your Classroom Library More Muchier or What to Put in a Classroom Library by Pam Margolis

How to Make Your Classroom Library More Muchier or  What to Put in a Classroom Library by Pam Margolis

  by Pam Margolis, Guest Blogger Did you ever hear the Alice in Wonderland quote “You used to be much more…”muchier.” You’ve lost your muchness”..? Well sometimes, classroom libraries can lose their muchness. Classroom libraries can often be a hodgepodge of old and new books: some missing covers, others containing spilled coffee stains, crayon markings,
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