A thoughtful, convenient, easy-to-use checkout system is the key to maintaining your guided reading book room. While some schools are lucky enough to have access to barcodes and library technology to “scan and go,” other schools have to establish a DIY system for keeping track of who has borrowed which books. Here are some ideas to consider for organizing the guided reading book room in your school.
Book Room Check-Out System: The Clothespin
- Each teacher is given several clothespins with their name written on them.
- When the teacher takes a set of books, they attach the clothespin to the bin or tub where that title is stored.
- When they return the title, they remove the clothespin.
One of our Fountas & Pinnell Literacy™ Educator Community members shared a photo of The Clothespin System in action:
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Book Room Check-Out System: Title Matching
Another inspiring idea comes from a member of our Facebook group:
Closing Thoughts: There is not one perfect or correct way to manage your book room. Once you have identified an approach that works for your school, everyone must commit to using and maintaining it collaboratively. The hard truth is that the most thoughtful systems are only effective when everyone agrees to use them! The chart below, from Leading for Literacy, offers an example of a maintenance plan that gets teachers on the same page.
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This blog post was originally published on October 1, 2019