Reading is about more than books (Young, 2002)
Reading comes in all shapes and sizes these days so I try to ensure that reading in various formats are experienced and valued. (Young, 2002; Scholastic, 2006)
Our new interactive whiteboard with inbuilt speakers in the library allows us to have easy access to teach OASIS enquiry skills and engage students in interactive literacy lessons. The audio system complements the visuals to bring life to many online books and reading activities and games to enhance learning for all different styles of learners.
“Reading material should be chosen to entertain and to inform.” (Rushton, p19)
The The acquisition of reading skills is made so much fun with the large interactive visuals. The students really enjoy the great range of stimulating learning objects that are freely available to NSW DET staff through the TaLe website.
Learning has never been so much fun and games!!
· Borrow: Students from Stage 1 upwards learn to use the OASIS circulation computer to borrow their books. (under careful supervision)
The students follow the simple written instructions on the circulation desk with the “Student of the week”, from the previous week, prompting and assisting. This reinforces a real world application of reading.
We no longer use borrowing cards therefore the students locate their name by using the” NAME” command. I have a single “NAME” barcode on the circulation desk for them to access. This process helps the students to be more confident and successful at using the enquiry terminals as with weekly use they quickly become familiar and then confident with the OASIS program and the use of the arrow keys.
Student comments about borrowing
“Borrowing is important because you get to learn how to use the computer and learn how to read.”
“Reading is important because you can learn how to care for animals and learn more about nature.”
“If you do not read you will not know information.”
“When you read cookbooks you cook beta (sic)
We often discuss the “new books” that they would like to borrow in the future.
This exercise allows us to regularly examine a wide range of different genres etc…The students also become very aware of the books available in our library. We check out the call number to discover where the book will live when it is shelved. We strive to make the students very comfortable and confident about using the library.
We reinforce how important the whole process is: reading, returning, defining, locating and selecting books (that are interesting to you), reading new books, borrowing, reading and all the associated skills are. Kids who read succeed not just because they read but because the process offers them the opportunity to build and acquire many valuable skills regularly.
”Kids who read succeed” promotes having a great selection of new and interesting books going home regularly to be read. After reflecting on our borrowing statistics for 2001 which were 9889 with approximately 460 students, we are pleased to see that in 2006- to date the borrowing is 11850 and yet we have 100 fewer students than in 2001.
Each class completes an evaluation task on their library borrowing- reflecting on what the read out means and how they can improve their borrowing in the future. The primary classes conduct an analysis of their borrowing by colour coding the type of books they borrowed on their borrowing record, according to their sections.
Each section of our library has a feature colour e.g., junior fiction is red and quick reads are yellow. This enables their class teacher, teacher-librarian and their parent/s to see what type of books they have been borrowing, as well as, how many and how often. This process is conducted at the end of each term to encourage more “fun” and “comfortable” reading.
Junior fiction-red Quick reads-yellow Fiction-green
This evaluation is included as part of their assessment portfolios.
Encouraging borrowing through class awards
Each week at the K-2 and 3-6 assembly there is a library award given out for the class, in each stage, which has the highest percentage of borrowers- as recognition for being readers who are organised and reliable. The class receives the award at the weekly assembly which includes a certificate and they get to mind “Freeda-the reader” frog for the week. The frog is much prized and the borrowing has increased greatly across the school since her arrival.
Students are also individually rewarded for being reliable and regular borrowers by earning a TOP KID sticker. This sticker goes towards their special merit awards under the SBPS Positive Awards scheme. The teacher- librarian issues the TOP KID stickers to the class teachers who manage the awards for the students.