Exploring the Learning Commons

Students and staff continue to explore the Learning Commons, discovering something new each and every visit. Many are quite content to take advantage of alternative seating to enjoy their reading.

Some of the intermediate students found the origami bin and started to dabble with its contents. Through trial and error, and some serious troubleshooting, they were beyond thrilled with their initial results.

Housed in the same area, the pixel art centre has seen its fair share of traffic, too. Some students prefer to work independently, whereas others enjoy a team approach. Common themes have been Minecraft and Pokémon, and students have consistently made note of many Math connections as they create.

Perhaps the greatest discovery of the past few weeks has been the Makedo tools. Using these simple to use, cardboard construction tools, students have been tasked to build a piece of furniture. Thus far, the results have been quite impressive!

Similarly, “Engineering 101” has been providing a world of construction feats. Students have been busy building their versions of famous landmarks using LEGO, K’Nex and/or wooden blocks. Do you recognize the Taj Mahal? What about the White House, Parthenon, or Leaning Tower of Pisa?

Junior students have been chomping at the bit to get their hands on the “Take-Apart” station. They have been collaboratively taking apart an old laptop and a phone, comparing their components, and are wondering what will be done with all the little bits and pieces. Stay tuned…


The LEGO wall and collaborative colouring centres continue to be favourite spots, enjoyed by students from Grades 1 to 8. With the first LEGO task complete (spelling their first name or initials in blocks), students are eager to see their next challenge…

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