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Simply Beautiful: Middle School Edition

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Catalogue Number:  CL0009
Producer:  Choice Literacy
Subject:  Professional Development
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Educators
Country Of Origin:  U.S.
Copyright Year:  2008
Running Time:  45


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In Simply Beautiful: Middle School Edition, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser (better known as "The Sisters") bring their innovative and fun design ideas to a middle school library and a seventh grade classroom. In the library makeover, tweens and teens work with the librarian and principal to help organize books, move furniture, and put a personal stamp on the environment with their art and reading interests. In the classroom makeover, Gail and Joan help young teacher Erinn deal with the challenges of a cramped classroom which has no storage cabinets.

This 45 minute video includes tips on:
Creating "soft spaces" that invite browsing and lingering;
Rethinking wall displays;
Showcasing books in ways that encourage more independent reading;
Sorting through accumulated or inherited materials;
Creating classroom meeting areas for older students;
Storing student and teacher materials in creative ways;
Replacing commercial posters with student art; and
Decluttering student materials and storage areas.

Joan and Gail show with humor and flair how "quick change" makeover strategies can be used to create warm library and classroom learning environments in middle schools, using far more elbow grease than money in the transformation process.

Joan Moser and Gail Boushey are known simply as "The Sisters" to the teachers they have worked with in Washington state and throughout the country. They are biological sisters, and elementary teachers with over forty years of teaching experience between them. Gail is currently a literacy specialist and Joan is an elementary teacher. In addition to teaching, they are nationally known consultants specializing in literacy, assessment, and creating lovely spaces for learning in classrooms.

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