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Tools for Schools: Library organization hopes to encourage love of reading

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Chetek (WQOW) - An area teacher is hoping the love of reading continues to blossom in her classroom. And one way to do that: organization.

Jennifer Schofield, a 6th grade ELA Teacher at Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Middle School has seen her school move toward a different type of teaching that tailors the curriculum to be more personalized. She's been looking for a way to bring that into her classroom and believes that letting her students have a choice in the books they read for school is how to do it.

News 18, Asher Lasting Exteriors and CCF bank awarded Schofield with this month's 'Tools for Schools' grant to help her integrate this into her classroom by bringing more organization to her classroom library.

Schofield said that organizing her books by genre, topic and reading level will help make her students feel less overwhelmed when searching for a book and will be able to find something they're interested in easier.

"We know that research tells us that having choice motivates students more intrusively than saying, 'ok this is the book you are going to read,'" said Schofield. "So what we do is we will use our mentor text for students to model those reading strategies and they'll be able to apply it to their own books."

She hopes that this will motivate them to pick up a book more often and ultimately fall in love with reading.

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Katie Phernetton

Katie Phernetton is one of the Daybreak morning anchors.

She joined News 18 in August of 2018 after working as a reporter for five years in the Green Bay market. Born and raised in Green Bay, she prides herself in being a cheesehead through and through.

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