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Teaching Materials Collection

This webpage is designed to assist education majors by describing the Teaching Materials Collection. This collection contains materials to support students majoring in elementary and secondary education. The emphasis is on materials that are used in the classroom or in preparing lessons. Books on the theory and practice of education are located in the main circulating collection. The circulating portion of this collection is located in the North Wing of the Library (Room #123). Circulation of certain items is restricted to students enrolled in education curriculum courses. A search for materials in the Online Catalog can be limited to TMC only materials by using the quick limit menu.

Additonal Information is available in the subject guides Exploring children's literature and Researching topics in education.

Types of Items in the Teaching Materials Collection

Easy Books / Big Books / Children's Fiction / Children's Non-fiction / K-12 Textbooks / Teacher Profesional Materials / Kits and Activity Boxes / State Competences (Standard Course of Study)

Easy Books
Easy books are picture books for the very young. The books are arranged by author, emulating a school library. Easy books have the prefix E in the call number.

You can find easy books in the Online Catalog by searching for E as the call number and using the Quick Limit to select the Teaching Materials Collection. Easy books can be checked out by all students for a period of 7 days with 2 renewals. Overdue fines are $0.10 a day.
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d Big Books
Big books are also picture books for the very young. They are designed for teacher use in K-3 presentations (the teacher demonstrates with the big book, while the students follow along in the regular sized book). A prefix above the call number is BgBk. These books are also arranged by author

You can find big books in the Online Catalog by searching for BgBk as the call number and using the Quick Limit to select the Teaching Materials Collection. Big books can be checked out only by education students for a period of 7 days with no renewals. Overdue fines are $1.00 a day.
Fiction Books
All other children's literature (non-fiction) is included in this collection. These books cover a wide range of topics and genres and includes Caldecott, Newberry, and Coretta Scott King award winners. These items are arranged by author and have the prefix F before the call number.

You can find fiction books in the Online Catalog by searching for F as the call number and using the Quick Limit to select the Teaching Materials Collection. Fiction books can be checked out by all students for a period of 7 days with 2 renewals. Overdue fines are $0.10 a day.
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b Non-Fiction Books
Books on specific subjects for different age groups. These books are arranged by Dewey Decimal number, as are the collections at Davis Memorial Library, school libraries, and public libraries. This system sorts the books according to their subject.

Non-fiction books can be checked out by all students for a period of 7 days with 2 renewals. Overdue fines are $0.10 a day.
Textbooks
This collection consists of the officially adopted textbooks used in the local school systems. The textbooks are marked with colored dots on the top left of the spine to indicated which school system uses it. A yellow dot indicates Cumberland County Public Schools, and a green dot indicates Fort Bragg Schools. These items are marked with the prefix Text before the call number.

You can find textbooks in the Online Catalog by searching for Text as the call number and using the Quick Limit to select the Teaching Materials Collection. Textbooks can only be checked out by education students for a period of 14 days with 1 seven-day renewal. Overdue fines are $0.10 a day.
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g Professional Books
This collection contains books on activities, lesson planning, games, bulletin boards, discipline, etc. These are the hands-on materials containing samples, reproducibles, etc. that will aid a student learning to become a teaching professional. This is a practical collection. Books on education theory are housed in the circulating collection. These items are marked with the prefix Prof or with Reavis (for the Phi Delta Kappa books) before the call number.

You can find professional items in the Online Catalog by searching for Prof or Reavis as the call number and using the Quick Limit to select the Teaching Materials Collection. Professional materials can be checked out by all students for a period of 14 days with 1 seven-day renewals. Overdue fines are $0.10 a day.
Kits and Activity Boxes
This collection contains manipulatives (e.g. for science and math), kits, games, realia, globes, flash cards, and other hands-on materials for use in the classroom. The activity boxes are part of this collection, but as they contain so many small pieces, they are kept behind the circulation desk. Just ask for them if you need to use them. The rest of the collection is housed in the green cabinets in the Teaching Materials Collection room.

You can find kits in the Online Catalog by searching for Kit as the call number and using the Quick Limit to select the Teaching Materials Collection.Kits can be checked out only by education students for a period of 7 days with no renewals. Overdue fines are $1.00 a day. The activity boxes are available for use with a professor's permission. Please inquire at the circulation desk.
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  State Competencies
You can access the "North Carolina Standard Course of Study and Grade Level Competencies" by doing a title search in the Online Catalog and then selecting the subject area need. You can also access the standards by going to the North Carolina Department of Instruction website.

Additional Educational Resources

Reference and Circulating Materials / Journals / Online Databases / Audiovisual Materials

Reference and Circulating Materials

These collections contain basic reference works and a wide variety of circulating books on educational topics. These books are more theoretical, as opposed to the practical nature of the Teaching Materials Collection. Please contact a Reference Librarian at (910) 630-7123 or reference@methodist.edu to find books on a particular topic you are researching. If you would like to browse the shelves and see what you find, the following call number areas will prove most useful:

If you're not sure what topic to research, try the following:

Journals

There are a large number of educational journals including: American Biology Teacher, Childhood Education, Elementary School Journal, Education, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, The Mailbox, and many others. Use Journal Finder to identify titles available either in print or online from the library.

Online Databases

There is access to over 20,000 journals via the online databases, also called Electronic Resources. You will probably find the most useful databases to be Academic Search Premier and ERIC (a databases of education-related documents and journal articles). Click here for a list of other education related databases.

Audiovisual Materials

Davis Memorial library has a selection of videos, DVDs, and music CDs relating to education. These items have a check-out period of three days. Education related CD-ROM software may be borrowed for 7 days. Manipulatives - specifically in math and science - are available for education majors to use in developing teaching presentations and, for actual classroom experiences. Some materials, such as overheads projectors and opaque projectors are available for use within the building for preparation purposes.