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Why a Wall

As you walk into our building from the Primary School entrance, you find yourself inside our Rainbow Hallway. If you continue, you’ll reach our library, but it may not be what you expect to see. You will still find shelves upon shelves of books, tables, chairs and rugs, but you’ll also find a lot more as this space provides many new opportunities for our students in JPK through 4th grade.

 

One of the pivotal inclusions in the new space is the Lego Wall. It is composed of 48 stud platforms and hangs as a picture would, on the wall. Why the changes and additions?

Well, simply put, from my perspective as the teacher, our kids are getting more.

 

The Lego Wall provides students with a new perspective when building. It pushes children to look at things differently. Generally, they come to discover that they cannot only build flat to the wall, but they find that they can also “build out” (parallel to the ground as opposed to the floor). “Building out” pushes them to be resilient, as there is much more trial and error involved in the process.

 

 

Additionally, the wall creates more space to work, thus, the opportunity for gross motor skills has been opened, as students engage in more movement when building on the wall as opposed to on a table or platform. With that, we are now able to engage more students in collaborative efforts using Legos, due to the abundance of space that exists on the wall.

 

 

The Lego Wall enables us to use Legos more fluidly from class to class as well as day to day. When we read “ What Do You Do With a Problem” by Kobi Yamada, students created a collage to represent their problems (all black, grey and white) and then, another to represent their solutions (vibrant and colorful). Both pieces turned out beautiful and became talking points for students, all of whom seemed to enjoy seeing what other children added on throughout the week.

 

We are currently reading “The Secret Zoo” in grades 1-3. They have just started using the Lego Wall to create a map of the “Clarksville City Zoo” in an effort to track where the characters are throughout the story! So, the Lego Wall also creates a space for expanding literature.

 

 

Our library is ever-changing and expanding with the interests of our students. We go far beyond what has been done in a traditional library. The Lego Wall is just one piece to the puzzle that is our new(ish) space.

 

If you want to know more, schedule a tour of the school or visit the following links:

http://renovatedlearning.com/2014/09/12/the-epic-library-lego-wall-how-to-build-one/

http://www.homegrownlearners.com/lego-learning/

http://www.mightylittlelibrarian.com/?p=1236

 

Sarah Brooks
Library and Innovation Teacher