Thursday, April 21, 2016
Rearranging the Books
It was Thursday (or day four) of my week in the 11th grade English class. Period 4 was the creative writing group.
Like many English teachers do, Ms. E has a bookcase filled with various novels. Students are allowed to borrow these novels on reading days (Mondays) or after quizzes (when they're supposed to be doing something silently). Ms. E's bookcase looked like it got many borrows, with various books stacked haphazardly when students returned a book without fitting it back into the shelves as neatly as it had been when they took one.
I didn't think much of it. But, apparently, someone couldn't stand the look of it.
London walked in, took a look at the shelves, and decided that she could stand it no longer. She was going to fix them. The period hadn't yet started, but she did. She pulled books off the shelves and onto her table. Her tablemate arrived, and she pulled her into the task as well.
They did have an assignment. (Of two short stories we had read, they were to figure out how to adapt one into a movie.) London promised she'd get it done.
(I could have stepped in and said no. But I didn't see the harm in letting her straighten the books.)
They'd barely started their task when I noticed something. I mentioned that when one alphabetizes books (as the girls decided to do), they're generally alphabetized by author's last name. But they had started alphabetizing by title, so they kept on doing it that way.
Well, it wasn't like there was any rhyme or reason to it before...
It took them about half the period. (If I had known the bookcase was going to get a makeover, I totally would have taken a picture of it before. Ah well...) At least it turned out neat...
This is a vast improvement over how it was before.
The girls hope that Ms. E is going to notice, but they think she might not. She should. Things like this get mentioned in my note.
Have you ever been so annoyed by someone else's clutter that you took it upon yourself to straighten up? How are your bookshelves organized (or are they)?
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