The WHPS middle school library LEARNING COMMONS “provide a welcoming common space that encourages exploration, creation, and collaboration between students, teachers, and a broader community. They bring together the best of the physical and digital to create learning hubs.” -Edutopia
The library media program in the middle school continues to build on the foundation skills taught in grades K-5 for students to become critical users of information and readers for lifelong learning. Standards for the 21st-Century Learner published by the American Association of School Librarians provides the framework for instruction. Library media specialists collaborate with classroom teachers to integrate these skills aligned with state standards across disciplines. Students are engaged in INQUIRY-BASED projects that focus on the information problem-solving process, critical thinking skills, and creative communication of learning.
In the MAKERSPACE library media specialists foster creativity, innovation, play, risk-taking, resourcefulness, and personalized learning by providing opportunities for creation, failure, problem solving, tinkering, wondering, taking of risks in our learning, and hands-on activities utilizing tools, technology and other materials. By encouraging student curiosity and pursuit of their own passions, we inspire and empower.