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Simply Organized: Classroom Libraries and Storage Areas

Grade(s): K, 1st, 2nd
Topic(s): Classroom Design

Teachers are always on the hunt for new ideas to help organize their classroom libraries and storage areas. In Simply Organized, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser (also known as "The Sisters") take you into the classrooms of Carrie, a second-year teacher, and Kelly, a veteran educator, to reorganize their libraries and storage areas. This hour-long video includes tips on:

  • Cataloging books in ways that promote student independence;
  • Flagging books from outside resources like whole school bookrooms;
  • Arranging reading group book sets for easy access;
  • Sorting through accumulated materials in cramped storage and meeting areas; and
  • Helping students maintain materials for personal use.

Joan and Gail show with humor and flair how "quick change" organizing strategies can yield results that lead to more purposeful and appealing literacy work spaces.

You can watch a brief preview of the introduction to the DVD below. Please be aware that the quality of web video is significantly lower than that of the published DVD:


Joan Moser and Gail Boushey are known simply as "The Sisters" to the teachers they have worked with in Washington state and throughout the country. They are biological sisters, and elementary teachers with over forty years of teaching experience between them. Gail is currently a literacy specialist and Joan is an elementary teacher. In addition to teaching, they are nationally known consultants specializing in literacy, assessment, and creating lovely spaces for learning in classrooms.

 

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Cost: $99

"The Sisters" (Gail Boushey and Joan Moser)

Gail Boushey and Joan Moser are known simply as "The Sisters" to tens of thousands of teachers all over the world who follow their acclaimed programs on literacy instruction and classroom design. Gail and Joan are the authors of the bestselling books The Daily Five and The CAFE Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literary Assessment and Instruction, as well as many DVDs. You can learn more about their work at their thriving membership website, The Daily Cafe.