Once a student has 5 books in the wrong place, have the student join you (on a day agreed upon by the PE department), so that you can give the student the individual help they need to put their books away.
Remember: Do not mark comments for student that have not been trained on that level. (NF for PreK-3 rd grade and E/FIC for PreK-1st)
Recruit Student Library Volunteers who will shelve the Non-fiction books and check the Easy/Fiction shelves.
I always use the highest grade level in my building for library student volunteers.
Get your principal on board. Explain how the Student Library Volunteer program can help your school and library.
Promote the library volunteer program through advertising the incentives: Going to the front of the lunch line. Pizza parties at the end of each semester. Playing educational games on the computer.
Important things about library volunteers: They must sign in every day and they must attend at least 3 times each week.
Students write their name on a notebook when they are ready to have their NF and Easy Fiction shelves checked.
I check shelf number 1 in both Non Fiction and Easy/Fiction the first week. During week 2, I check shelf number 2……….
Students must have their library shelves neat and in order by Friday. (I work with them on holidays, etc.) Students who do not have their shelves in order are given one additional chance to get their shelves in order before they get a strike.
Student library volunteers can receive up to five strikes in a semester before they loose their job.
Reasons for strikes: Not attending 3 times per week, goofing off, not having their shelf in order by Friday, losing their badge, etc.
Library volunteers are always responsible for neatness of their shelves. They write their name in a notebook when they are ready for their NF and Easy/Fiction shelves to be checked by me.
I limit the number of times I will check a student’s shelf in a day to two checks.
If the student has their NF and Easy/Fiction shelf in order they receive my initials on the sign notebook and they can work on the computers, play educational games, talk quietly with friends, etc. until the next shelf is due.
Every day after the students have completed their shelves (and received my initials),they must check their NF basket for books and their shelves for neatness before doing anything else.