Topic: Learning Commons
In the article, “Piloting the Learning Commons”, author Esra Murry, shared the excitement students had for their new space which was designed for them. I imagine this is typical whenever a new space is created for students and done so in a way that allows for multiple arrangements to accommodate multiple learning styles. What the author emphasized as really being important was the collaboration and communication among teachers to make the space valuable for them as well. One of the first things this teacher did was to set up a time with the media specialist to collaborate on one unit. Teacher collaboration was at the heart of the success of the learning commons. This was also one of the difficulties she found, finding time to collaborate and using that time efficiently, as all teachers are infinitely busy with a to-do list that is longer than their arms. Murry shared though that these initial planning stages shaved off a great deal of time later on that would be required to teach certain skills. She also shared that open and honest communication with her collaborating partner lead to increased opportunities for professional development. As is usually the case, two heads are better than one.
Jay, Jessica CO Murray, E. (2015). Piloting the learning commons: Co-teaching and collaboration between a classroom teacher and a teacher librarian. 43(1), 18-24. https://sjsu-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplaydocid=TN_gale_ofa433385848&context=PC&vid=01CALS_ SJO&search_scope=EVERYTHING&tab=everything&lang=en_US