Flexibility Leads To Learning In Media Class At Sherlock
Flexibility Leads To Learning In Media Class At Sherlock
Neal Siegellak, Media Specialist

Students in Sherlock's Media class have some choices to make. A couple of features they may notice when entering the Media Center is the large open space and the variety of colorful couches, ottomans, stools and chairs that adorn the library. Flexible seating provides students with choices of furniture and locations that enhance their reading and learning experiences.

Visitors to the Media Center would also see that students engage in a wide-array of reading activities. On any given day, they may find themselves reading by themselves, with a partner or in a small group. When reading with partners or in small groups students will have an opportunity to experience a few reading activities. They may choral read by reading in unison. A second possibility is echo reading by listening and then repeating after each other. Additionally, students may take turns by page, paragraph or chapter. Students can practice expressive reading by rehearsing and then performing a read aloud or reader's theater version of their selected reading material.

When students attend class their enthusiasm can be seen as their eyes widen in search of just the right piece of furniture. The common refrain, "Can we read with a partner today?" demonstrates how motivational making thoughtful choices about one's learning can be.