Classroom Management for School Librarians

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Item Number: 
978-0-8389-4804-0
Published: 
2020
Publisher: 
ALA Editions
Pages: 
192
Width: 
6"
Height: 
9"
Format: 
Softcover
AP Categories: 
A, E, G

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Foreword by Gail K. Dickinson

Your library is your classroom, and you are responsible for it no matter what’s happening there. Ineffective classroom management can hamper or completely negate your efforts at creating a strong library program, and that’s true whether you’re a new school librarian just starting out or one with many years under your belt. This powerful resource from Hilda K. Weisburg, drawing from her decades of mentorship and hard-won wisdom, will show you how to prevent, deal with, and overcome discipline problems you may face when communicating with and teaching K-12 students. You’ll also learn ways to make the library a welcoming environment and incorporate trauma-informed learning into your practice. As you read, you’ll gain crucial insights on issues such as 

  • how to stay centered and focused by drawing up plans, guidelines, and policies that will give you a formal basis for your decisions and actions;
  • the differences between management and control;
  • cooperation, collaboration, and co-teaching—and where curriculum fits in;
  • techniques for handling distractions, disruptions, and defiance;
  • practical steps for creating a safe and welcoming space through guidance on equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • time management as a tool for juggling extra responsibilities such as book clubs and extra-curricular activities; 
  • strategies for coping with stress when you feel overwhelmed; and
  • ending the year right by creating your own checklist of “closing” tasks, including assessment and reflection.

Complete with Key Ideas at the end of each chapter that will assist you in real-world implementation, Weisburg’s go-to reference will guide you through the special challenges that come with managing the school library classroom.

Foreword by Gail K. Dickinson
Introduction

1.    The Library Classroom—It’s Different
2.    Begin as You Mean to Go On
3.    A Library Lesson
4.    Cooperation and Collaboration—and Co-Teaching
5.    The Curriculum
6.    Distractions, Disruptions, and Defiance
7.    Time Management, Clubs, and Other Uses of the Library
8.    A Safe, Welcoming Space
9.    Assessments
10.    Ending the Year Right
11.    Managing the Whole

Index

Hilda K. Weisburg

Hilda K. Weisburg was a school librarian for over 30 years. Starting in 1980, she co-wrote and edited School Librarian’s Workshop, a bi-monthly newsletter for K-12 librarians. After 31 years in print, she became publisher and sole author/editor, making it an e-publication. She co-authored (with Ruth Toor) fourteen books for school librarians, including Being Indispensable: A School Librarian’s Guide to Becoming an Invaluable Leader (ALA Editions, 2011); School Librarian’s Career Planner (2013); New on the Job: A School Library Media Specialist’s Guide to Success (2014); and, most recently, Leading for School Librarians: There Is No Other Option (2017), which has been an ALA best-seller since publication. She has given presentations at AASL and state library media conferences and given staff development workshops in many locations. She teaches a graduate courses at William Paterson University and has taught one at Rutgers University. A past president of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians, she is a past chair of the AASL Advocacy committee, chairs the Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public Libraries, and serves on ALA committees. She was the recipient of AASL’s 2016 Distinguished Service Award.

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