Since joining the community at BISC-LP this year, I have been endlessly surprised by the curiosity and ambition of all the students. Every week, when the students come in for their library sessions, I get the opportunity to have conversations about the topics that spark their imaginations and help them find materials to pursue their interests further.
Even more impressive, however, has been their independence. In the recent weeks, Key Stage 2 has been given the responsibility of shelving their own library books during sessions. Through this, they have learned the logic of how libraries are organized, how certain subject areas relate or differ, and the value of the old saying “everything has its place.”
Key stage 1 has been just as exciting and ambitious. During free reading, I often find small groups reading stories to each other and sharing their thoughts about the books. We often run a “show and tell” style session during library time, where I ask students to share why they picked certain books. This has helped them build an accurate vocabulary to explain their opinions on books, pushing beyond initial likes or dislikes. I am excited to see how these projects develop throughout the year!
-Tom King, Librarian