I saw something super in our school library today!
After all of her students checked out their books, this third grade teacher circled up her students. She asked them to go around the circle, taking turns talking about the books they’d chosen.
Although I had to block their faces for privacy, I hope you can see that they are all completely engaged here. They are all alert and focused on the group discussion, listening respectfully.
This smart teacher asked questions like this:
- Why did you choose this book?
- Is it fiction or non-fiction?
- Have you read other books in the series?
- Has anyone else read this book?
- Can you read us what it says on the back cover?
As librarians, we know how incredibly POWERFUL peer book recommendations are. What a smart, simple way to make it happen!
(On a side note, I want to make sure that our library has flexible spaces for collaborative learning that happens on the spur of the moment. I love opportunities like this!!!)
Have you tried this in your school library?