Week One: Introducing Empathy

The library is the perfect place to introduce meaningful books to students, especially since the classroom is so packed with texts that teachers are required to read; the library can be the place where we ensure that students are exposed to books that they really should read.  The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig is just such a book, one all students should read, especially at the beginning of the year.

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The students and I had a discussion about feeling invisible, and the word empathy.  I hope that through the reading of good literature, the students will become accustomed to putting themselves in other people’s shoes, and in turn become more empathetic to those around them.  It paid off with a 4th grader telling me that at recess she saw a new student playing basketball by himself, and that she introduced herself and asked if she could play, too.  She was so proud of how she had recognized that the new student was feeling invisible, and that she could do something to help.

We’ll start journals this week and hopefully keep these text-to-self connections going!

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Welcome To The New Library!

Now that the second week of school has begun, your students have probably gotten used to some BIG changes in the way the library is set up.  In fact, they should have aced their scavenger hunts this week!  Be sure to come by and see all the changes for yourself!

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AFTER:

The library now has sections that hopefully feel intuitive to the students.  There is a brand new picture book section, which is organized by topic.  The younger students are finding this easier to navigate and streamlines the book selection process.

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The hardcover and paperbook Fiction books are housed together now, and the Popular Series and Graphic Novels have been separated so the older students can find them as soon as they are reshelved.

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The Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Biography section are now housed in the new Learning Commons, an area for research, group work, and collaboration.

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And the rug has been moved toward the center windows for a cozy reading nook.  The students have really enjoyed it!

We have had a wonderful first two weeks in the new library!  Looking forward to what week three will bring!