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Thursday, February 28, 2013

How does a child choose?

We've been trying to draw out a flowchart that shows how children make decisions while choosing a book. One of the benefits of our system is that many books on a topic can be shelved together, even if they are fiction and non-fiction. A child can search for an interesting topic (trucks! dogs! machines!) and then find facts and stories all there on the shelf to choose from. I think it makes for a richer reading experience, more choices, and supports teachers who are looking for literature connections.

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Our young students are taking a different path to choosing a book. 

What are your pathways through the library? Are there too many hurdles? Share on our discussion board at metisinnovations.com.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

And the next holiday coming up is...

A parent just came in looking for picture books on the lunar new year. "We're sorry, they're all out," Tali told her.

"Do you mean that other parents got here ahead of me?" puzzled the parent. 

"Oh, no, the teachers have everything checked out about it. In fact, they found everything so easily, there weren't any stories left even when I went to the shelf for the library lesson, either."

"Oh, no," she replied shaking her head, "you know how much I love this new system; this is the first time it has worked against me!"

So Metis makes things easy to find; it may mean you need to get there sooner.