For More Than Just Books

 One issue many teachers struggle with is organizing the many books they have collected into a manageable classroom library. Over the years, I have tried many strategies to keep track of my growing collection. At a recent presentation by Brooke Shoemaker and Katie Heimsath of the Smothsonian Early Enrichment Center, librarything.com was shared. I have been experimenting with it and like what I see!

 

Though librarything.com was created to catalog books and share personal collections, the presenters from the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center explained this website is what their teachers use to catalog and share their collections of objects and artifacts. They encouraged participants at their recent presentation to bring interesting objects into the classroom to encourage wonder and questioning in their students. But, finding interesting objects worth wondering about is not that simple. What if every teacher in the building were willing to share her few "treasures" with the rest of the teachers? What if an online database (like librarything.com) was available for teachers to use to see what types of items were on campus and could be borrowed? What if teachers were willing to use a database like this to share collections, manipulatives, special books, puppets, etc. with the other educators on campus? Teachers contribute so much to their classrooms each year out of pocket, finding a way to share resources efficiently just makes sense!

 

So, in addition to having the ability to organize your classroom book collection and your personal library at home, librarything.com can be used creatively to catalog and share objects and resources among staff members on campus. Think about it. If we work together, all students' experiences will be enriched.

 

 

 

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1st-3rd grade educators worked together to learn engaging ways to develop number sense. Students will develop fact fluency while playing games that use their number sense strategies. By learning their facts in this way, students are not merely memorizing, but rather learning to work with numbers flexibly.  “Low achievers are often low achievers not because they know less but because they don’t use numbers flexibly – they have been set on the wrong path, often from an early age, of trying to memorize methods instead of interacting with numbers flexibly.” Jo Boaler,  Stanford University, 2009

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