The Teaming table and glass boards let students visually show their work
With budget in hand it was time to go to work exploring the possibilities! By moving the book cases to the outer perimeter of the room we were able to find a large area that could provide more flexible uses. This area now contains write-able tables, chairs and standing desks. All of these items can be moved to open up the room to large groups of students.
Write on tables allow students to brainstorm and collaborate
The addition of a small stage next to the Smart Board allows students to present to their classmates and it's a fun place to sit!
The stage is a fun place to perform and work
|Browser bins allow young students to choose|
Changing the everybody books to a browser style shelf has allowed our younger students to see the covers of the books they are choosing. In the past, the students who were not yet reading struggled to choose a book as they only had the spines to look at. This eliminates that problem and makes the whole process of choosing books more child friendly.
Color Coding the shelves has also helped students to become more independent in the library. They look to the red shelves for non fiction, turquoise for fiction and the yellow shelves hold the series. The color of each section is determined by the end cap of the unit and makes it much easier for students to find what they are looking for.
|Shelves are color coded for ease of use|
|Maker space tables allow students to explore learning in a creative way|
We are looking forward to seeing more and more students using the space both as a class and independently. The redesign encourages students to create, collaborate and use both critical thinking and creativity with resources that are on hand.