"Casey's farm isn't big by most standards. The barn is an old wooden drawer in his backyard. But it's just the right size for a small child with a fertile imagination and an attentive ear...." So describes Down on Casey's Farm by Sandra Jordan. It was one of those books that I borrowed from the library frequently and often returned late. A few years ago I bought my own copy.
|Down on Casey's Farm by Sandra Jordan|
I showed the blog post The Joy of Unstructured and Unsupervised Play to my fifth graders yesterday. They were eager to try out the magic "screen on paper trick." I demonstrated it and tried things they suggested, but was stymied as to how to manage 27 students engaging in this activity at once and so did not have them do it.
Can I recreate these experiences by creating a student-centered library? A library where students can Imagine, Investigate and Innovate. Is one of the centers having the screen down and the projector on and seeing what they discover? Maybe with some digital cameras there for them to record the action?
I have a wonderful memory of my daughter playing with a cardboard box and an eclectic assortment of objects. I was watching her put them in the box, drag it to a specific spot and get in herself only to then evacuate the premises and move the box to some new location and hop back in, where she would then engage in some earnest conversation with her box mates. I didn't want to interrupt her imaginative play and this very active adventure so happily took the role of observer.
Maybe this is what the student-centered library should look like...me creating an environment where the students are free to Imagine, Investigate and Innovate. Food for thought.