Library on a cart!
August 21, 2013 2:41 PM Subscribe
School librarians of Metafilter! So, the number of classrooms in our school has outgrown the number of class periods available for the library. Oh no! The solution: seven periods each week are double-booked. Another teacher will teach "library" in one classroom while I teach the other class in the library. Every few weeks (months?) we'll switch. For K-1 this is easy: you read them a story and do a craft either way. But what about the rest? We'll have grades 2, 4, 5, 7, and 8 in this situation.
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- There are 35-45 kids per class, so we really can't combine them, much as that would make my life easier.
- Kids who are in the library will have some access to computers; kids in the classroom will not. They would probably be able to use iPads, though I don't really know what to do with those. Do you?
- In the long run I would like to use the classroom times for read-alouds, but first I'll have to get ahold of some classroom sets, so that's off the table for now.
- Classes are 60 minutes long, which is...pretty long, especially for the younger kids. In the library, this includes book checkout, but I don't know about cart-library.
- How do you do library on a cart for upper grades? Link me to lesson plans? Personal anecdotes?
- What about book checkout? It seems like it would be chaos to have everyone come in for the last 20 minutes to check out, but I also don't want to deprive kids of books for weeks at a time. There are no other times when they could come in as a whole class to check out books (though the especially motivated kiddos could come in before or after school).
- How long should we plan the units to be? Four weeks in one place, then switch? Six? Eight?
- When the kids switch locations, should they also switch teachers, or should I stay in the library and let the other teacher stay in the classroom?
Thank you for your help!