Library Learning Commons
What is a great book?
Who is your favourite fiction character?
Contest entry forms available in the LLC.
I hope that you had a fun and relaxing summer with your families!
I loved exploring around the Lower Mainland, Toronto and Seattle. Look at this really cool café with a manga library...
Come to the LLC and ask me where is was and maybe you can also go?
We have NEW books, and NEW furniture!! See you soon,
A Year In Review
My first year as a TL in Blundell is coming to an end and it is part of my practice to reflect on what the various events and collaborations that have happened and how to make it an even better year for 2022/2023.
One of my proudest moments is to see the paradigm shift in the LLC in creating a 21st century space that is student-centered, warm and welcoming. Upon surveying the students, it is clear that our students love the new space. There’s also more student voice as they can easily browse through our genrified fiction section.
The Innovation Grant enabled us to create a warm and cozy nook where students can relax and enjoy reading a book. We also added custom cushions for the window seats! Walter Lee school also gifted us some brown chairs that our students love to curl up and relax in. A blue carpet added warmth to the LLC and it was perfect for class read-alouds, playing card games and puppets, and making forts.
I enjoyed collaborating with the classroom teachers and together, we were able to explore and teach a variety of subjects and interests.
Div. 1, 2, 6 and 7: Digital Wagon
with Ellen Reid
Div. 3: Harry Potter Unit
Div. 4: Science Dioramas
Div. 5: MakerSpace unit
Div. 8: Butterfly unit
Div. 9: Space unit
Div. 10: The Fraser River unit
I have a lot of ideas for next year already and I can’t wait to share them with you in September!
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UBC Teacher Candidates
Welcome Amy, Nicole, Brooke and Michelle to Blundell!
They are UBC Teacher Candidates who are now on their long practicums. It’s wonderful that they have been using our LLC for resources and ideas. The Grade 7 TC, Ms. Amy Alexander, created a “Letters Scavenger Hunt” with her students in the LLC for the whole school to enjoy. The letters were camouflaged to the LLC’s environment and there were some that were so well hidden that even teachers couldn’t find them.
What's happening in the LLC
Our LLC is a busy place! It doesn’t just house books but you can see students’ work all around. My hope to have a place where they feel like they belong! In Term 2, I had three meaningful collaborations with Div. 4, 5 and 7. Div. 4 students had the chance to research and work on their chosen biomes and their final project was to create a dioramas. Div. 5 and 7 students explored different materials with the District’s Makerspace cart. Their favourite activity was to make reading forts out of the pipes! I also took advantage of the many DRC kits and students made buttons for a cause that they are passionate about.
The Bee Reading Program was a success!! It was heart-warming to see so many students read different types of books. For three weeks, they read, rated and repeated. Some reviews were thoughtfully written that I’ve saved them for display. Students won individual and class prizes!
Congratulations to Divisions 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8!! Every single student in your classes read for the Bee Reading Program. I hope that you enjoyed your special bookmarks, chips and juice.
This term flew by so quickly! We are having a very exciting event after spring break. More information will be shared during your library blocks. I hope that you will have a restful and fun break with your families!
Mrs. Chan 😊
Welcome back, students! Happy New Year from Blundell’s LLC!
It is my hope that you will feel safe in our 'new' space as I spent last week creating more individual reading areas. I look forward to seeing you in our weekly library exchange blocks and sharing new and interesting books with you.
This term, I have the privilege to collaborate with four classroom teachers from Divisions 4, 5, 9, and 10. There are exciting units planned for each one of our collaboration blocks and I can't wait for you to use our NEW flip tables!
I am truly grateful to be your Teacher-Librarian at Blundell. Together, we have accomplished quite a lot since September 2021.
Here are some of our highlights:
- Digital Collaboration with Ellen! Divisions 1, 2, 6 and 7 had the opportunity to learn more about digital literacy and students learned different apps to enhance student learning and engagement.
- The Fraser River was a culminating activity for our students to experience and extend their digital fluency. Ellen and I projected snow falling, and placed QR Codes on wood chips throughout the river to add the dimension of sound. Students were asked to consider how sound might change their story. They could tell their story orally, with an iPad or with pencil and paper.
- 3D Printing club with Mr. Chu and Ms. Lam! Students in Division 1 and 2 were trained in how to be leaders in 3D printing and they learned how to create their own 3D name tags, cookie cutters and sleds.
- LEGO wall
- Zoom with Ashley Spires!
- Kindness Challenge
- New signage throughout the library!
- New books added to our collection! Thank you for your recommendations, students.
- New Grade 7 section
- LLC Innovation Grant
- Library Monitors Council (LMC). Grades 4 through Grade 6 students were invited to apply to be a library monitor. I was surprised at the big turnout and at the amazing help that I have been receiving with the library.
I look forward to seeing you at the library!