Monday, October 3, 2016

Reading Calendars
I'm behind in my independent reading!
I'm a big fan of reading calendars to help students plan their reading time and to give them ownership over their reading goals. 

The key aspect of the calendar: it shows what PAGE students should be on for each day. That's better than just knowing how many pages to read per day because if they get behind, the calendar shows their page target for catching up. And if they are ahead, they can see by how much!

This is also a fast way to teachers to see how independent reading is progressing. 

Here's a template to use
Copy and customize however you like.

The directions

  • Take the number of pages in the book
  • Divide by the number of days to finish
  • Add the resulting pages-per-day to each subsequent day on the calendar

For example: if the pages-per-day is 15, the calendar should look like this:

Another important aspect of the calendar is taking the time to gauge the READING PACE for a new book. 

Students start their new books with a timed reading of 5 minutes. This gives them a sense of how long it will take them to read their pages-per-day. If the time seems too long, they might choose to adjust the number of days for finishing.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Genre-shelving for our Graphic section

I'm a fan of tweaking library systems to make it easier for patrons to browse. One of my favorite tweaks is for the Graphic Novels section. 

"Graphic" books are cataloged in Dewey with the number 741.5 which is the number for comic art. But Mr. Dewey didn't anticipate that SO many wonderful fiction books would be written in graphic form, so most librarians pull their 741.5 section and put it near the fiction books.

We did that too, but now we've gone a step further and changed the 741.5 label to GRA (for "graphic"). Next we sorted our graphic books by type. We've added a line to each label to show what type of graphic book it is. 

Here's our system:

F (for longer stories/novels)
Author's name OR Original Author's name (keeps adaptations together, like Shakespeare, Riorden)

COM (for comics)
Character's name (Batman, Spiderman, etc)

MAN (for Manga)
Author's name

### (Dewey number - for nonfiction)
Author's Name

Subject's name

Hooray for catalog tweaks! Next...I have my eye on the 800s... Stay tuned!