Welcome to Fleetwood Bawden Elementary School Library Learning Commons
What is a Learning Commons?
A learning commons is a common, or shared, learning ‘space’ that is both physical and virtual. It is more a perspective than a “place.” A learning commons perspective supports a student-centred approach that emphasizes active and collaborative engagement and encourages the co-creation of knowledge by all learners.
A learning commons provides individual, small and large group space, either physical and/or virtual, for instruction, social/collaborative learning, and production and presentation. It also promotes global and cultural understanding as students collaborate with their local and broader community to investigate and create solutions to complex problems.
Finally, the virtual aspect of a learning commons (a VLC) promotes more efficient use of technology for creation and sharing of knowledge as well as enabling 24/7 access to resources and shared collaborative space for all students.
Research shows that students who have access to quality school library services, which a learning commons perspective enables, are more likely to exhibit advanced student achievement and literacy development.
As learning environments change, school libraries must evolve from providing information to students to preparing students as engaged critical thinkers, evaluators, ethical users and entrepreneurial creators of information and knowledge. Westminster has embraced this new policy and is looking forward to the positive directions we can go. We appreciate any feedback and ideas that can be offered to create learning commons within our school. Some student generated ideas for the library include: bean bag chairs, reading homes, Ipads for reading online books, play/interactive area, cushions for chairs at learning tables, stuffed animals to hold while listening to stories, etc... Any support you can provide to help these ideas come alive is appreciated!
Learning Commons Policy
The Learning Commons Policy and Learning Commons Guidelines, approved in 2014 and to be implemented September 2014, replace the previous Policy, Guidelines, Procedures and Standards for School Libraries in Alberta (1984).
The Learning Commons Policy supports the principles and values of Inspiring Education, the Ministerial Order on Student Learning, and Curriculum Redesign and is aligned with the Government of Alberta Collaborative Library Policy (2013). The Learning Commons Policy and Learning Commons Guidelines help bring the goals outlined in Inspiring Education to life in schools.
All students are scheduled for library book exchange each week. Students have a wide variety of materials to choose from.
The library learning commons is open from 8:30 until 4:00 Monday to Thursday and 8:30 until 12:00 on Fridays.
There is always open access to the library learning commons.
The library learning commons is used for a variety of activities, from book exchange, to book clubs, as well as games clubs and meetings.
The floor plan of the library learning commons consists of a computer lab and areas where students and staff can work independently or in groups.