The following photos are some of the Learning spaces I have created or taken advantage of in our Library.
The campfire, is a space where people gather to learn from an expert. It can be used for teacher to student and more importantly for peer to peer instruction.
I’ve created this in the multipurpose room to the side of the main library.
It is a very versatile room and I encourage teachers to move the furniture around to suit the purpose of their lessons.
The watering hole is a space for shared culture. It is an informal area, where students can share in collaborative learning experiences.
This is a great space, were the seating is arranged in a semicircle. It lends itself to a watering hole or just as easily a campfire purpose. It has been used for story time when the teacher or librarian sits in the middle in the ‘Story Chair’ and reads to the group. We have a mobile white board that can be wheeled out and placed in the mouth of the semicircle for instruction, turning our ‘watering hole’ into a ‘campfire’. In this photo it is being used as a ‘watering hole’, giving the students the time to discuss their books with each other and the teacher.
Here the multipurpose room has been rearranged into a watering hole set up for a group discussion.
The cave is a private space, where students can find that much needed alone time useful for reflection on their learning or just to recharge.
I’ve used the browsing boxes to create a close in space that acts as a cave. The children seem to be attracted to it and would rather sit on the cushions than the seating around the sides.
This is the foyer of the library and it is often used by older secondary students.
The bean bag area is my silent reading corner and is located behind the screens in the multipurpose room. Again this area is used by the older students. During lunchtimes on days when the junior students have the library to themselves they often drag the bean bags out into the main library and create their own spaces.
I have plans to develope a listening post just in front of this ‘cave’ bean bag area.
These last three photos are of the lunchtime crowd on a junior day. It is not a quiet library during lunch! 🙂 In the next couple of weeks I will be setting up ‘maker stations’ for some Christmas Craft activities during the lunch breaks.