Lego Wall of Awesome
I would first like to give credit to Diana Rendina. She is a media specialist/school librarian at Stewart Middle Magnet School in Tampa, FL. I came across her blog Renovated Learning and was immediately hooked reading about her journey of creating a Makerspace in her school. She is an amazing educator and because of her awesome blog and free sharing of ideas, her Epic Lego Wall design is now a reality in my all-day Kindergarten classroom. The dream is to one day host an after school program in my room where all students can participate in making their dreams come true through learning.
I wanted to share this story because I think it speaks to why creating learning spaces like this is so important in all schools today. All of my students were super excited about our Lego wall but none more than this little guy. He is my builder. He is my student who takes our Cubelets and in a short period of time creates something amazing that works and has a purpose (see Fight Bot below). He made signs to hang on our wood frame during his free choice time that said "Don't break our Lego Wall" and "Be Careful". He sat in front of the frame and asked me all kinds of questions about "Why is this here?" and "How will the plates stick?" and (as he walked out about 5 feet to show) "Do you think I can build a building out this far Ms. Ruoff?"
We had to discuss how many sleeps it would be until Monday was here and we could all use our new Lego wall. Teaching is a hard job. The thought of 20 kids who can't wait to come to school on Monday makes it all worth it.