Last week during a staff development day, I was told that classroom desks should be in groups. My classroom is not very big, and over the years I’ve added ten bookshelves, making it even smaller. It makes it hard to set up desks in small groups, but I’m okay with that if it means there is room for more books.
My classroom is a classroom for readers. Every inch of space is used to showcase books. Students in grades 9-12 flock in to check out books throughout the day. They know I have the latest titles, and they know that I take their suggestions about what should be added. They know I will let them sneak into my room, even if I have a class, to check out a book during their Study Halls. They know I remember their favorite genres and can recommend a book for them to try. They know I am always willing to “talk books,” and they know my class is one where everyone has the fREADom to read what they love.