In any design process it is important to see what is already out there, not only to show you what the possibilities are but to also draw inspiration from. For the last 2 cycles, the third graders have been doing just that. I created a Blendspace to help the students access a variety of different elementary Learning Commons around the world. They also looked at maker spaces, bookstores and furniture to get different ideas. They absolutely loved what they saw! I can not begin to count the number of times I heard them saying, "That is so cool!" or "Wow!" They were completely engaged in the process and having a blast.
They recorded what they saw, as well as their own ideas, through drawing or writing. Looking over what they found has been fascinating and it is very apparent they are going to design an amazing space.
Next Step: We start designing!