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Grades 3&4 Room Tour

In this video tour, Franki Sibberson narrates a description of the grades 3&4 multiage classroom she shares with a colleague. The space is small, so Franki explains how storage areas are carefully arranged and seating is creatively designed to make the most of limited space.

A Seating Arrangement that Empowers: The Conversation Circle

Ann Marie Corgill explains why a circle arrangement for middle school reading and writing workshop share sessions is vital for helping students focus and respond thoughtfully to peers.

Classroom Changes and Birdhouse Gourds

Andrea Smith reworks a board that was successful in the past but is woefully empty now.

It May Be a Mess, But It’s Our Mess: Creating a Student-Organized Classroom Library

Jennifer McDonough explains why it’s important for her to share the sorting, categorizing, and labeling of texts with her students early in the year while organizing the classroom library.

Organizing a Classroom Nonfiction Library with Students

Organizing nonfiction so that kids will gobble it up is an art. Andrea Smith knows how important it is to include students in this process.

Bookroom Makeover in the Midst

In this video tour, Jessica Ardela and Josie Stewart talk about the renovations in progress in bookrooms at their school in Dublin, Ohio. The goal is to make it easier for students and teachers to access the texts they need, as well as create spaces for professional conversations among teachers.

Keeping “House” in a Literacy-Rich Classroom

Ann Williams has a terrific idea for keeping materials organized in literacy workshops and building student independence at the same time.

Pencil Plans

The care and use of the lowly pencil in classrooms says a lot about what we value and our relationships with students.

Creating a Kindergarten Classroom Library

Mandy Robek finds herself overwhelmed when moving from a 3rd grade to kindergarten classroom. Her therapy? Rolling up her sleeves and designing a kindergarten classroom library.

Redesigning a Classroom: Putting Students First (and Technology in Its Place)

Mandy Robek faces the challenge of creating a warm and inviting classroom environment which still includes some cold, hard computers for student use.

You Never Know What You’re Going To Get

When students help us organize materials, we are often pleasantly surprised at the results.

Reorganizing Books in the Reading Support Classroom

Katie DiCesare helps her mom, a reading support teacher, reorganize her materials to better serve students.

Favorite Spaces (Part 1)

What's your favorite literacy spot this year in your classroom?  We asked our friends and contributors at Choice Literacy to send in pictures with brief descriptions for this two-part feature.  Here is a peek in the classrooms of Donalyn Miller, Julie Johnson, Mary Lee Hahn, Katie DiCesare, and Mandy Robek.

Favorite Spaces (Part 2)

We asked a few Choice Literacy contributors to share their favorite classroom spaces with readers. We hope you'll get some ideas for your own classroom design from these amazing teachers. This is the second installment in a two-part series.

What Messages Do We Give Students with Our Classroom Library Design?

Franki Sibberson describes how the topics and arrangements of  baskets in the classroom library give strong messages about reading to students.

Book Boxes – Voices from the Classroom

How do you organize and use book boxes?  Every teacher has their own twist on the answer to this question. Choice Literacy contributors give examples from grades 1-5 of how they use book boxes and bags with their students.

Changing the Learning Landscape: Organizing My 6th Grade Classroom (PHOTO ESSAY)

Ann Marie Corgill switches from a 1st to 6th grade classroom, and finds herself immersed in rethinking the “learning landscape” as she unpacks boxes and sets up her classroom.  While the room looks a little different, the principles for classroom design are the same.  She shares her process in this photo essay.

Out of the Closet and into the Classroom: Bookroom Management Tips for Literacy Coaches

Is your system for sharing books from a school bookroom or literacy closet working well? Shari Frost provides 10 practical tips for getting the best use out of shared literacy resources.

A Tornado of Books

By upending the classroom library and asking students to sort and reorganize it, Karen Terlecky gets insight every year into the ways students categorize texts, as well as their emerging understanding of genre.

Student Independence and Ownership in the Library

The “status of the class” form is a tool used by many teachers in reading and writing workshops to chart student plans daily. As Franki Sibberson tests out a status form in the school library, she discovers it has more value than she realized.

A Workshop Model in the Library: Time for More Than Book Checkout

Franki Sibberson shares ideas for library browsing baskets, as well as ways to integrate minilessons into the school library routine.

Tight Spaces Part I: Maximizing Room for Literacy Learning (PHOTO ESSAY)

The Sisters (Gail Boushey and Joan Moser) have some ingenious tips for freeing up traffic paths and clustering literacy work areas.

Tight Spaces Part II: Design Photo Essay Series

The Sisters' design tips on tight classroom spaces cover walls and creative storage in this photo essay.

Warm It Up: Lighting a Classroom for Literacy (PHOTO ESSAY)

Here are a few suggestions and quick tips for a lighting redesign from The Sisters (Joan Moser and Gail Boushey).

Meeting Areas (Design Photo Essay Series)

Design tips from “The Sisters” (Gail Boushey and Joan Moser) for beautiful and functional meeting areas.

Wall Displays (PHOTO ESSAY)


The Sisters (Joan Moser and Gail Boushey) contribute a photo essay on design tips for wall displays.

Middle School Classroom Makeover Part I

In this first of a three-part video series, “The Sisters” (Gail Boushey and Joan Moser) help 7th grade teacher Erin declutter and rearrange her classroom.

Morning Meeting in Kindergarten

Danielle French leads her kindergarten students in Waterville, Maine, during morning meeting. After the meeting, Danielle talks with “The Sisters” (Gail Boushey and Joan Moser) about the value of this daily routine.

Organizing for Independence: From Cubbies to Social Groups

In this brief video, Joan Moser talks about how she organizes student materials in "social groups" to avoid the use of desks or cubbies in her classroom.

Big Books and Charts Organizer

In this two-minute video, Joan Moser shares a simple tool teachers can create for their classrooms to keep Big Books, charts, and laminated large materials organized.

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