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Old 06-30-2011, 01:40 PM
 
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I am so discouraged. Now that I'm home, I spent three days sorting all my professional development and resource books and taking everything off my bookshelves. Now I went to put them back up in an orderly fashion...all the writing books together, all the science books, etc. and what happens? The bookcase collapsed! Top shelf fell and broke the next shelf and that broke the next shelf and all the books are sitting on the floor in a mess! What do you all do with your resource books? I weeded out the ones I don't want....and gave them away but I still have tons. The ones I kept I feel I can still use.... back to sorting now....any suggestions?


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Rusty, I did the same thing this year. I began sorting through all my prof books and found that I still had tons left. So, I decided to toss or put in the teacher lounge anything that I had not opened up, looked at, or used in the last year. I found that the books I turned away were mostly the ones that I had not used at all or ones that were given to me by other teachers. I must admit, I feel much better now when I go into my workroom and it doesn't take me forever to find it. Good luck!
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Rusty,
You need to look at Debbie Diller's book "Spaces and Places"! It is awesome-filled with colored pictures and great ideas! Hope this helps...
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SIMILAR to a PP, Our staff room has a relatively small library of teacher books. We just put a label on the spine and inside cover that, in large letters, says "STAFF" so there aren't any stealers :P It is REALLY helpful. We have general ones and grade-specific ones. They aren't organized at all, but it is small enough at this point where we can quickly browse and find what we're looking for. If you're wanting to get rid of the books without completely severing yourself, flip through, make a quick copy of everything you'd use or take a note, and then possibly suggest a staff-room resource bin or give them to a newbie teacher?
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Another book
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I love the suggestion of Debbie Diller's book---but isn't she trying to thin down her collection? Made me grin!


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I thought the same thing about another book! I actually laughed out loud and my kids looked at me funny!
Maybe a metal book shelf would work?
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I use magazine boxes
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and sort the books that are in each box by subject area. e.g., I have a Grade 1 math box, a Grade 2 math box, a math storybook box, writing, reading comp, phonics, holiday specific boxes etc. That way when you are looking for a specific idea you can just pull out the magazine box (I got mine at IKEA for about $4 for 6 a couple of year ago) and flip through it.
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Old 07-04-2011, 05:46 AM
 
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I keep mine in my home office. I gave away a lot of the workbooks to my students. The books I did have on the shelf at school I didn't use and I found that some people have sticky fingers so if I paid for it, I keep them at home. And they're organized by Four Blocks, Math, Writing, Phonics, Comprehension, Science, Environmental Education, and then I have my educational books...books from grad school and etc.
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