Our Learning Commons
Marlborough school recently received an EducationMatters grant. This grant has provided us the opportunity to transform our library into a learning commons. We have taken this challenge on with excitement and focused on engaging our key stakeholders in the process which included our students in kindergarten to grade 5. We have used the design thinking model to engage students in brainstorming ideas for our learning commons.
Our students have connected with expert architects to understand design and blueprints. They have empathized with key stakeholders. They have developed all kinds of creative ideas. We are currently in the prototyping phase where students are building and creating different items for our furniture, or creating full blueprints of our learning commons layout.
The students have developed creative thinking skills, and experienced collaborative learning opportunities. They are problem solving, and they are highly engaged in a very authentic and meaningful experience for Marlborough school.
Using the Learning Commons
Children are encouraged to use our “Learning Commons” (school library). The Learning Commons program assists classes, small groups and individual students in locating suitable reading and research materials. The Learning Commons area and the print and technology resources help support personalized learning and enrichment projects. Students may sign out books for a maximum of a two-week period. Please provide your child with a plastic bag to secure the safety of the book returning to school during inclement weather. If a book is lost, or damaged beyond repair, it is the library policy to charge the parents the replacement cost of the book. If a book becomes damaged, do not attempt to repair it. Please send it back with the child. We have special methods of book repair. If you are moving, it is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that books are returned to the school. Most importantly, remember to read and share books with your child.
Learning Commons Update
At the end of the school year there were quite a few big changes to our Learning Commons Space. Students witnessed the removal of very old books to ensure that our learning commons had update and engaging texts for all students. They also saw the walls painted blue, with clouds and quotes added. When everyone comes back in August we should have new furniture, and a new floor. The space is beginning to look amazing, and we can not wait to use in the new school year.