Welcome to my Designing Learning Spaces Blog

My name is Anni Gold and, after many wonderful years teaching in a variety of primary classrooms, I am the new Teacher-Librarian at a medium sized Catholic Primary school in the Redlands area of Brisbane. To say that the learning curve has been steep over the last couple of weeks would be an incredible understatement!

I am constructing this blog for a number of reasons: predominantly, to meet the requirements of my Designing Learning Spaces (LCN601) subject; but also to guide my reflections and thoughts as I contemplate how to make positive changes to the physical environment of our school library in order to better meet the social, emotional, physical and learning needs of the school population (students, staff, and wider community).

The structure of this blog is initially focused towards the required components of Assignment One:

  • Learning Space Reflection – first thoughts of “The Swamp” (Burge, 2001)
  • Tour of the Learning Space – situational analysis, VAST Heuristic, summary of the evaluative findings, and a brief statement of the design problem
  • Visual Map – a mud map, photos of positive and negative aspects of the site, and of the specific design problem/s that will be further explored in Assignment Two
  • Meaning Making – how the ASLA/ALIA Standards of Professional Excellence for teacher librarians attend to the physical learning environment of the school library, and in particular what is the interaction between the ASLA/ALIA Standards and the current educational focus on collaborative, flexible learning spaces, and how is that reflected in the design of the physical space of the STARRR school library?
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