Classroom Libraries – The Why and the How?

Do you find yourself wondering how you can set up a classroom library that is the ‘hub’ of activity in your classroom? 

Classroom libraries should be the cornerstone of your classroom.  A place where your students gravitate to, ponder over what they like to read, and to bookshop for what they want to take away.  When asked what a classroom library should look like, I find the easiest way to explain this is to say that they should look like the most beautiful and inviting children’s book store that you have ever entered. After all, not unlike a bookstore, we are also trying to sell our books to our students!

Classroom libraries have a real purpose in a Reading Workshop. The availability of quality literature is key to engaging students during independent reading. Students should have easy access to books they want to read – as their interests change, so should your library. Classroom libraries evolve throughout the year to reflect the change in your student’s interest.

In this online workshop, we will:

  • Consider the purpose of a classroom library, and why it is so important that it is the cornerstone of your classroom.
  • Look at what goes into the setting up of a classroom library, and how to ensure your students have ownership over their library.
  • Share practical ideas of how you can display books and highlight different titles, authors and series.
  • Consider what we can do in our classroom to encourage a love of reading in our students, that will stick with them for life.


Where:  Online using Zoom

Date: 23rdSeptember

Time: 4.00 – 5.00pm

Cost: $30 + GST


Reading is a Process and Thinking is the Key.

When: 8th September 2020
Time: 4 – 5.30pm
Where: Online using Zoom
Cost: $35 +gst per person

Do you find yourself wondering what else you need to be doing to get your students to understand what they are reading? 

From the moment, our students enter school, we work hard to teach them to be automatic and efficient readers of the text (code breakers). This allows them to use their cognitive energy to make sense of what they are reading. 

In the process of teaching reading, we can’t overlook the importance of directing students, to focus on their thinking. Making thinking visible for our students, is critical for developing comprehension.  Teaching students to tune into their metacognition is the key to understanding! 

In this online workshop, we will:

  • Look at the reading process that a competent reader uses to read and understand a text.
  • Highlight the importance of tuning students into their metacognition and why it is necessary to teach this from a very early age.
  • Look at ‘read aloud’ as an instructional practice to model metacognition and comprehension.


Pure Guided Reading.

Most of us, when first starting out, were thrown into the classroom with very little practical experience. (The sink or swim method as we call it!) If you landed in a school that uses a ‘workshop model,’ you may have found yourself searching frantically to find out anything you could about guided reading, so you could hit the ground running.

Over the years you may have cobbled together different bits of information, research and knowledge about running guided reading in the classroom but you may never have had explicit training in the what, why and how of Guided Reading in its pure form.

Are any of these true for you?

  • You’re wanting reassurance to know you’re ‘doing’ guided reading right.
  • You’re looking for a clear way to structure and plan your guided reading lessons.
  • You’re interested in knowing more about grouping your students based on need as well as the level.
  • You’re wondering where independent reading and conferring fits into all this?

If so, then this Guided Reading PD is right for you!

In this online PD we will:

  • Look at the research behind guided reading and how it fits into a gradual release of responsibility model.
  • Highlight assessments you can use to help inform grouping for guided reading.
  • Outline a structure for guided reading lessons and provide you with a plan you can take away and use immediately.
  • Discuss alternate small group instructional strategies (such as strategy groups), that can also help you meet the needs of your students.

We realise teachers need and want flexibility with access to PD so we have two options for how you can attend this PD:

Option 1:  Full day online PD on Monday August 10th – 9am-3:30pm  BOOK HERE
Option 2:  Five x 1 hour PDs on Wednesday nights at 7pm between August 19-September 23 (19/8, 26/8, 2/9, 9/9, 16/9)  BOOK HERE

Note: the content (and price) will be exactly the same in both options.

Where:  Online using Zoom
Cost:  $225 +gst per person (with 5% being donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation)
(If you’d like an invoice so your school can pay, just send an invoice request to [email protected])


You’ll get: a full day online PD, a supporting resources pack and a copy of the recording.

Watch this video for a sneak peak of the content:

Pure Guided Reading: 5+1 tips to ensure your Guided Reading is 24-karat from Oz Lit Teacher Narissa Leung on Vimeo.