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Old 12-30-2014, 04:27 PM
 
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After 16 years in the classroom, I'm moving to a librarian position next week. I'm having a difficult time deciding what to keep and what to give away as far as files, teacher books, supplies, etc. I'm really not sure what I'll need in our K-5 library, but I don't want to hoard anything I won't need. (I've accumulated quite a bit in 16 years.) Any suggestions?


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Congratulations!! I made that move this year and love it. The only things that I have used from my teaching boxes are bulletin board materials and organizational materials. I kept the other things "just in case" I return to the classroom--extremely doubtful unless we are starving.
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I'm in my first year as a PK-5 librarian after almost 20 years in the classroom. I came from middle school, so I may not have all the "stuff" you do to sort through.

Some things I have in my library (and use a lot) that you may be able to provide from your classroom stuff:
-books that do not check out that are in a big basket- kids who can't check out books may sit by the basket and read one
-duplo blocks- I labeled them with call numbers, sight words, etc. for center activities
-crayons, pencils, scissors- I have a 4 compartment basket at each table for activities
-any teacher books I have related to literacy, reading instruction, etc.
-any simple board games, manipulatives
-bulletin board border, letters, reading type posters
-clipboards
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I would keep any books that is connected to the curriculum or you would read to introduce a new topic. Teachers often come to the library looking for these types of books. When the book is checked out, you can have yours on hand to lend out. I put my I Spy books out in the book crates for students to look through after they finished check out early or cannot checkout. They are very effective for keeping them sitting still and not running around the library. Congrats!
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Thanks!
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I appreciate your help!


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get rid of everything...just in case. After being a middle school librarian for 8 years, I finally got rid of most of my elem teaching materials. I figured I was not going back into the classroom. The very next year, I find out my job was eliminated, so BACK into the elem classroom I went. I could have used some of the things I got rid of. I am now out of the classroom again and back in the library. I do use some of my classroom materials (and lessons, too) Maybe by next year you'll know what you need and don't, and be willing to let go or lend them out. I know finding a place to store all of our stuff is hard though.
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Will you be a "teaching" librarian? In other words, will you be in the "specials" rotation and will you be expected to teach lessons that support the ELA curriculum? Our librarian is in that position. I think that she would advise you to keep any favorite read aloud books that can help you in teaching literacy lessons to the students. She also does a marvelous job of decorating the library and making it a welcoming place for the students to enjoy reading. She keeps a lot of stuffed animals as reading buddies for the students too.

Do you have career ladder at your school? Will you be expected to do any before/after school tutoring? You might want to keep any resources that would aid in that.

Congratulations on your move to the library! I bet you will love it and not look back. I wish my masters' degree was in library science so that I could do the same. Best wishes to you on this next step in your career.
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Congrats! This is my 16th year and man I wish I would have gone back sooner. I' thinking of starting this summer. My biggest concern is cuts in my school district.

Question: The program in my state is 29 credit hours? That's just the licensure. That seems like soo much, when I already teach.
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