One of my priorities this year is leaving enough time in a fixed lesson for student book checkout. I pledge to do less “projects” in my fixed schedule which often are a time-suck away from reading aloud and student book choice. Instead I’m focusing on projects during my collaborative efforts with teachers and students.
To help me keep track of the new times in our schedule and in my pledge to give students between 15-20 minutes for checkout and library centers, I posted some signs. My friend @tanyareadsbooks has these in her library. I love them and snapped a photo the first time I saw them. This year I have made them for myself.
I will admit though that I made them the second week of school, posted them, and then sat in my teaching space reading aloud to students, but occasionally glancing up and squinting. It turns out that the “large” font I had used on the first set wasn’t large enough for my aging eyes. Thank you very much Mother Nature.
I had to take them down and put up a new set in a larger font and all in bold print. Adding the clock to this location is also helpful to me so I can look straight at it as I pace my read aloud and lesson and generally stay on track.