In the past two weeks, English teachers at Alma High School have been processing new books for their personal classroom libraries. Teachers were given $400 to spend, which gave them the opportunity to buy around thirty new books for their libraries.
Teachers said ideas for their new books mostly came from blogs, other teachers, book reports, awards, amazon, and their students. Teachers said there is just something about new books that gets students to realize they really enjoy reading.
“They disappeared pretty quickly. I was amazed at how quick they went off the shelf.“ said Jeanine France, senior English teacher.
Most of the teachers said they will be introducing their new books through book talks until they are all checked out, and commented that they will be starting them soon if they haven’t already.
Some of the new books that can be found in the English classrooms are Seeker by Veronica Rossi, The 5th Wave series by Rick Yancey, The Hate you Give by Angie Thomas, Exit West by Rick Yancey, and The Homelanders series by Andrew Klavan, among others.
“I want to open them up and generate some excitement for the second nine weeks” said Jennifer Battles, junior English teacher. “Sometimes, I even have trouble getting them back.”
The English teachers really put some thought into their new books. “I hope the students find something they can’t put down,” said Battles, “a book that they get into and take something that they can consider or think about even after they finish the book.”
Teachers get the opportunity almost every year to expand their personal classroom library, according to Carole Medlock, freshman English teacher.
“It may not be the same amount every year, but the district will try their best to give us at least some money,” Medlock said.
“If we don’t have money for new books, then we can’t stay on top of what is current and what students will like,” said Battles. “The fact that we have some money to spend in our classroom libraries this year was a really awesome thing.”