The Classroom Library (TCL) is an Akshara Foundation innovation which aims to build the essential, cornerstone tool of reading in children by providing them with a library in their classroom. It is our belief that easy access to good content can help children and bring the joy of reading to them. The library also becomes a pillar that supports the curriculum in interesting and fun-filled ways, an aid and an incentive to learning.
The Classroom Library (TCL) is a suite of innovations that include:
- Selecting age-appropriate, graded books in multiple Indian languages and English;
- Setting up the necessary infrastructure in the child’s classroom;
- Training teachers to use the content imaginatively;
- Measuring the reading habits at the classroom level; and
- Collaborating with government to work on change from within the system.
A TCL kit is provided in each classroom which contains foldable book cases. Each case can hold around 120 books; age
appropriate, graded books in multiple Indian languages including English,and histogram charts.
The books range over many genres, drawn from a cross-section of reputed publishers. There are concepts in these books that the trained teacher can link to what is taught in the classroom. The books chosen also provide that rich, expansive, other dimension which government school children so sadly lack.
The Histogram is a chart that can be hung on the wall. Books are graded in terms of complexity. The number of books
borrowed per child per month is recorded on a daily basis using the Histogram chart and each time a child borrows a book, the teacher marks it against the level of the book borrowed.
Teachers are trained in the usage of the kit and the histogram and on how to manage simple and effective processes.
The Teachers' manual provides guidelines and details of the entire process and functionality of the Library Programme. This includes book selection, grading criteria and tracking the book borrowing pattern.
The Histogram is used to track the book borrowing pattern of the students using the Classroom Library.
This document gives the list of books selected/short listed which can be used for setting up a classroom library in government schools in Karnataka.
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