When you think life cannot get any better, it does. This year I was so fortunate to be able to work with an amazing technology director, Rocco Varuolo, who inspired me and pushed me outside my comfort zone. I sought Rocco’ s help and advice when I needed to enter the school library in a contest for STEM. Having recently established a makerspace in the school library, I knew I wanted the kids to be exposed to STEM opportunities even though I have no experience in it. Rocco immediately identified ways children can learn and become better community members at the same time. Please click on the above link to read more about the Lemelson-MIT news release.
In making the school library a true learning common, Highview has transitioned from a traditional setting of wooden tables and chairs to comfortable beanbags and whiteboard tables. The table tops allow children to take notes or write vocabulary words as stories are being read. They can jot down key ideas which is excellent practice for NYS ELA that are routinely given starting in 3rd grade. To begin, ground rules were set and children learned the tables are for scholars collaborating, note taking and using mind maps. They love working, learning and writing visual aids.
Thank you Kinder Morgan for your generous donation to establishing library learning commons!!!