Student Voice & Choice with Library Centers

Mrs. J in the Library

Collette J., or Mrs. J in the Library, is a full-time elementary teacher-librarian, blogger, and mama from Pennsylvania. She loves technology, books in any format, makerspaces, and all things Harry Potter. The information and opinions represented here are my own and are not the views and opinions of any business or organization.

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4 Responses

  1. Amanda says:

    Wow! What a great presentation. I’ve always wanted to buckle down and have organized centers in the library. This is fantastic information.

    • Mrs. J in the Library says:

      Thanks, Amanda! I’m still iterating and figuring out my “system,” but this presentation outlines the basic design of my library centers. I’m glad you found it helpful. 🙂

  2. Mary says:

    I have been put in the rotation for 2nd and 3rd grade this year, so I am looking at adding centers now that I will have them longer. I noticed that many of these centers on your TPT are for 3rd grade and up. Do you do centers with your 2nd graders and what do you recommend? I really enjoyed your presentation…I wished I could have been there to hear you first hand!

    • Mrs. J in the Library says:

      Hi Mary! I currently use centers for grades 3, 4, and 5 because I have other curriculum for K-2, however, near the end of the year I often show the 2nd grade classes a little taste of how centers work. There’s no reason that they couldn’t do the 3rd grade centers (with some accommodations, of course). In 2nd grade, after orientation, I teach the online catalog with lots of practice and focus on beginning research skills. I also do the PA Young Readers Choice books as read-alouds, so those 2 units tend to take up a lot of the year. This coming school year I’ll be teaching 25% more classes in every grade, so I imagine I’ll use centers earlier in the year for 2nd grade, possibly starting in the spring. I would probably have it work the same way as 3-5, but require less research centers to be completed before opening up the reading and makerspace centers.

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