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Simply Beautiful: Middle School Edition

Grade(s): 6th, 7th, 8th
Topic(s): Teaching Writing, Teaching Reading, Classroom Design, New Teacher Mentors

In Simply Beautiful: Middle School Edition, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser (better known as "The Sisters") bring their innovative and fun design ideas to a middle school library and a seventh grade classroom. In the library makeover, tweens and teens work with the librarian and principal to help organize books, move furniture, and put a personal stamp on the environment with their art and reading interests. In the classroom makeover, Gail and Joan help young teacher Erin deal with the challenges of a cramped classroom which has no storage cabinets.

This 45-minute video includes tips on:

  • Creating "soft spaces" that invite browsing and lingering;
  • Rethinking wall displays;
  • Showcasing books in ways that encourage more independent reading;
  • Sorting through accumulated or inherited materials;
  • Creating classroom meeting areas for older students;
  • Storing student and teacher materials in creative ways;
  • Replacing commercial posters with student art; and
  • Decluttering student materials and storage areas.

Joan and Gail show with humor and flair how "quick change" makeover strategies can be used to create warm library and classroom learning environments in middle schools, using far more elbow grease than money in the transformation process.

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.