October 12, 2014

Developing my Learning Space

A Tiny Apartment Transforms into 24 Rooms.  Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0zZfpe2v1g

How has this tiny apartment and my learning in this subject impacted on how I think about spaces for learning?

I find myself wondering about other possibilities for the space that I work in, and the potential for learning in that imagined space.  Because the two are connected:

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September 18, 2014

My First Creative Coffee Evening was a HIT!!

In summary, creative cultures:

seem to centre on passion, purpose, play and the inherent value of sharing, even if the benefit of doing so isn’t immediately realised.

(INF536 Module 5.3 Course Notes)

And so we were asked to explore creative culture by hosting our own version of a Coffee Morning…

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August 15, 2014

Asking and thinking HOW MIGHT WE…

THE CONTEXT

We have a St Pat’s Reading Challenge running at our school, to acknowledge children who borrow and read material from our Library collection, and to encourage all students (K-6) to “step outside their comfort zones” to borrow and read materials they may not choose to at first glance.     There are approximately 40+ different awards that make up the Challenge; half of those created by me and the other half by various students (Children are invited and encouraged to create new awards for the Challenge, that must be different to an existing award).  Children need to record the materials they read for each award on specially created bookmarks, to indicate they have completed the requirements for that award.  This bookmark is signed off by their class teacher, then forwarded onto me (the teacher librarian).  I make badges to be given to the children who have completed awards after school one day per week.  These are given to the children by their class teachers, however students who achieve bronze, silver or gold awards are acknowledged at our Monday morning assembly.    The children then wear their badges on their school hats in recognition of the awards they have achieved.  (Photos illustrating various aspects of the St Patrick’s Reading Challenge are included in my previous post, IMPROVING A DAILY ROUTINE).

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August 8, 2014

Improving a Daily Routine

This is a small problem, but one that occurs daily, and one that some children and myself are becoming increasingly frustrated with…

CONTEXT

We have a St Pat’s Reading Challenge running at our school, to acknowledge children who borrow and read material from our Library collection, and to encourage all students (K-6) to “step outside their comfort zones” to borrow and read materials they may not choose to at first glance.

reading challenge1There are approximately 40+ different awards that make up the Challenge; half of those created by me and the other half by various students.

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August 1, 2014

Re-designing Brainstorming Sessions

image by Emilian Robert Vico - Public Domain Photos

image by Emilian Robert Vico – Public Domain Photos

Rather than redesigning a physical space, I thought I would try to redesign the organisation of brainstorming sessions that are included in many of the learning experiences that take place in the space I work in (our primary school’s Library & Contemporary Learning Centre – CLiC).   The process of BRAINSTORMING has been mentioned often in our readings so far, with Sutton & Hargadon (1996) saying that although it is the simplest-appearing of skills, it “take months or years of practice before being effective”.  We utilise brainstorming to generate ideas, and good ideas gets innovation going (Kuratko, D., Goldsworthy, M., & Hornsby, G. (2012).  It is vital therefore that the brainstorming session be well run so that it can be as “fertile” a ground as possible for good ideas/creativity to take seed and grow.

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