Called into school today and found a spare bookshelf! Yippee. Talked to our General Assistant and he has suggested I get the boss to buy the materials and he will make the shelves. He says it will be cheaper, quicker, nicer shelving and fit where we want them. Isn’t he a darling.
Also bought some cheap baskets and have gathered a heap more books from local charity shop and by raiding my own shelves. I think I’m going with a mixture of genre and types: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Autobiography/Biography/Memoir, Non-fiction, Poetry, Picture books/Graphic Novels, Short Stories. Kids will be asked to read 3 of each and will be able to choose 10 of their own to make up the difference. I think these categories will work well with our programme and satisfy our text requirements.
My next job is to “mark’ the books with coloured tape and put corresponding tape on the baskets. I’m using coloured electrical tape. I know you can get it in pink, purple, orange and different greens but not so easy to get in Australia. If any Australian readers know where to get some, where I don’t have to buy boxes of it and it’s cheap, please let me know.
To begin with I will be using a mix of my own books and the books we have available for free choice reading already. There’s quite a lot of these since we have had mixed reading boxes for units in year 9 and 10 and have kept the remaining books when sets have gone out of fashion. They have already been accessioned through our Library and the kids will need to borrow these through the Library. They can do this as a Textbook loan so that they can keep the books longer and have more borrowing power.
Also finished cleaning out the filing cabinet in the staff room, so am feeling both virtuous and organised.