DEC Scan Journal : Volume 36 Issue 1
2017 Volume 36, Issue 1 17 Contents Editorial Learning & teaching Research Share this Resource reviews Our school library continues to evolve. Over three years the spaces have all changed. We develop the spaces according to need, combining some high end purchase items with some low cost in order to make sure that any experimentation is not a costly mistake. An important element of our library is the incorporation of playfulness and whimsy. Many of the spaces offer something for students to play with or think about – the fruit cushions are practical and are even juggled at lunchtime. A major purchase for us, Norva Nivel’s Mis-shape bench collection is a focal point at break times and students create all sorts of structures with the nine ottomans in the set. A Genga wall from the same supplier is another great addition for student interaction and playfulness with furniture. Other spaces house boards with magnetic poetry, a Lego wall, a three storey dolls house and areas to create pop-up displays and galleries. Nothing is too precious. The space looks different at the end of the week to how it began at the beginning of the week. That is the beauty of the flexibility. Students arrange furniture to suit their needs Provide a variety of tools for learning Flexible learning spaces require flexible teaching and learning practices. Teachers choose from a range of digital and non digital tools to facilitate great thinking and innovating, prototyping and drawing. Some of our desks are writable surfaces, and we also have stick on white boards that can transform a wall or desk quickly. Rolls of butcher’s paper enable student groups to work on brainstorming and visual notetaking – Ikea’s rolls and holders work well. Coloured felt pens and highlighters, sticky notes of all shapes and sizes and liquid chalk for writing on glass surfaces are well used. Use these tools and your knowledge of the physical space to inspire pedagogical shifts at your school. Become an expert in the design thinking process and in a variety of Visible thinking routines and reflection methods. Be part of the curriculum planning to ensure teachers undertake collaborative and individual thinking routines into their lessons and model these techniques during team teaching sessions. The teacher librarian’s kitbag should also contain knowledge on how to implement and facilitate learning through project-based learning, Genius hour, inquisitive research techniques such as A Google a day and School in the Cloud’s self-organised learning environments (SOLEs). With dynamic learning spaces and a range of learning tools, the school library easily becomes the most sort after learning environment in the school. What is genius hour? – An introduction to genius hour in the classroom by Chris Kesler Ignite passion for learning A library as incubator is a great opportunity for the space to facilitate learning by students and teachers that reflect their passions and interests. Makerspaces, maker studios or fab labs are springboards for creativity and innovation. The maker area may open all the time or on specific days. It needs good storage, with areas of shelving or containers to keep ongoing projects. As well as a range of technology equipment, provide lots of craft and stationery in order for your makers to be creative. There are plenty of guides on creating a makerspace and Invent to learn is a really good starting point. Buying equipment and providing resources in response to students’ needs and interests will ensure its success.
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