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Tip 10: Clearly-Labeled Classroom Library

Posted on April 10, 2012 in Autism, Literacy, News

If you want reluctant readers to get hooked on reading, you need a classroom library that is not only easy to navigate, but visually appealing. To this end, be sure that your bins or racks are clearly labeled by topics or authors.

Paula Kluth 30 Tips in 30 Days

Younger students and emerging readers will also profit from labels that include images so you may want to add a photo or graphic on each one. In addition, keep one bin of books that are very easy for your students with disabilities to read. Label this bin “quick reads” (vs. “easy reads”) so that students don’t feel embarrassed to choose from these selections. For more on this, see this short article about using a quick reads section even for the college library.

Paula Kluth 30 Tips in 30 Days

Finally, if you really want to dazzle some of your students with autism, include a bin with books related to an area of fascination (e.g., Titanic). Or provide this service for all in the inclusive classroom by creating a bin labeled “teacher recommendations”; in it, include books related to the special interests of any student in your class. Put sticky notes on the covers so all learners can sift through and find titles specifically chosen for them. You could also encourage students to add recommendations for each other.

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