|Signage in the hall by our front door|
It is possible to learn about librarianship without the physical library - after all, many 100% online AQ courses do exactly that. However, knowing the impact of the physical spaces we work and learn in, we really worked hard as a group to make the classroom work for us.
I brought boxes and boxes of books for reference materials, as well as some of my old library-themed posters to hang up, but some of the most powerful and important displays in the room were made by all of us together - instructor and participants.How does your learning environment act as a 3rd teacher to support & inspire learning? @LC2_TDSB https://t.co/SuPMpwvjMP— L M Strangway (@lstrangway) July 14, 2018
It was important to get to know each other by name and something as simple as having our names, correctly spelled, on the board, helped as a visual reminder.
|This is US|
|Keep it simple - just 4 norms|
|Capturing an idea|
We have online tools, but sometimes a physical reminder is helpful, which is why we added a big paper calendar to the classroom. Notice the TALCO / OSLA Student Inquiry Process Guide poster next to the calendar? We've referred to it several times during the course.
|Calendar became out of date almost immediately, but we modified it.|
|Q words on top, verbs on side, great Qs inside!|
We did a big experiment and made a "visible thinking wall" of the Inquiry Process. When it was on the floor, it was actually 3D!
|Checking out the Northern SS Library space|
On Thursday, June 12, we went to The Beguiling to learn from the best (aka Andrew and Christina) about graphic novels, collection development, and the importance of supporting local, independent, specialty book stores. On July 17, we are heading to Mabel's Fables.
So even though our classroom is not perfect, it's much better than some of the other spaces used by the other AQs (our room isn't as hot and isn't as crowded) and it's a wonderful way to build displays and areas we could use in our own libraries, co-constructed by all who use the space. There's only four more in-person days left for the course (and then the rest is all online completion) and I'll miss this group of educators. Thanks for making that old classroom a vibrant place that belongs to us!