I had the privilege to lead my first ever PD session for TASL (Tennessee Association of School Librarians) this summer. The room was packed and the audience was wonderful. They actually made me feel at ease by asking questions and sharing ideas. I only hope I inspired this room full of Librarians to think outside the box and find ways to engage their students.
Here are a few things I went over:
Why School Library Centers?
- Because anyone that walks through our doors will see students actively engaged in various learning activities.
Where do I begin?
- Start Simple (I have 4 centers in my rotation)
- I always have read to self, buddy reading or listening center
- Makerspace (Legos, Art, etc…)
- Word Work or Skill Center (Write the room, Book Reviews, Poetry, Research, etc.)
- Management System (I group students into 4 groups. They will complete two centers each week to complete the full rotation)
How do I find the space?
- Take a picture of your space. Print an 8 1/2 x 11 copy of your picture. Place the picture in a plastic sleeve. Grab an Expo marker and start planning.
- Look at your tables, walls, ends of bookshelves, floor space
Be on the lookout for even more ideas at conferences, blogs, in classrooms, social media & my favorite GARAGE SALES!
I would love to hear your ideas so please share them here or tag me in a tweet @Amy_W00ds using the hashtag #librarycenterstransform or tag me on insta @thegotolibrarygirl and last but not least post on my FB page The Go to Library Girl!
*After I get all my thoughts together from the ISTE conference I will be sharing about the wonderful things I learned while in Denver!