I know it doesn't look like much, but the biographies/memoirs got a little bit of a facelift! We want the biographies and memoir section to act as a wall to help separate the areas, but the wall seemed a bit overwhelming. It isolated the front space from the back.. So, I decided to break it up to give a bit of visual relief, but also still provide a separator. With the help of Ms. Kaza and some mighty muscle, shelves were taken apart and books were moved.
Now the biographies and memoirs are in two, three bookcase sections. They fill the front and back of the cases. There are new shelves installed to highlight interesting reads. They have been spread throughout the whole LC to get student's attention. Once GCA completes the carpet and disassembles the rest of the bookcases it's going to look prrrrretty good! : ]
Busy times in the LC. Here are some highlights of some of the ways the LC is being used by staff and students.
Ross-Blair getting her kids moving and active with hands-on activities... and a little musical chairs! : ] Students were up, moving, interacting, and thinking! It looked super fun! I wanted to be a student in her class that day. :)
Elsner had her students on the chromebooks calculating slopes on an interactive website. Students have the ability to move around with the mobile devices in the LC. The last time E was in the Learning Commons she had student groups with brooms and bowling bowls. Students were learning, moving around, and having fun!
D. Miller's students were using the chromebooks for ELI Review, an online editing and revision tool that the ELA department is piloting this year. Students were going through an activity where they were targeting the day's objective and commenting on writing.
Just in case you didn't see the tweet on the job posting board...
Ms. Kaza and I created a board for job postings for students. There will be career and college updates to come! We are still working on a title for the board. Once we have a title I will sketch it in and chalk it up. Let me know if you have ideas. : ]
This week has been a muscle building week! Collaboration station sections are somewhat formed. Ms. Kaza and I moved some furniture around and disassembled and reassembled bookcases. The GCA technicians will be coming in to tighten up the tables and bookcases (walls) that are loose, electrician has been contacted and technology is ordered (?). We are on our way! : ]
Nonfiction is almost entirely moved. Reference is going to be moved in order to take down the bookshelves on the reference wall. Now... what to do about memoirs and biographies...? I think I'll be the most excited when we purchase new tables and chairs for students. The idea of flexible collaborative workspaces is really awesome to me. There is no one way to learn anymore. I honestly think it's an exciting time to be a teacher. I'm proud to be in a profession where we get to help people everyday.
Here are some photos of the progress. Come on down to the LC to see what's happening! Or follow on Twitter @ROHS_Commons
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