3D Printed Braille Signage has Arrived!

Design Thinking: Empathize ➡️ Define ➡️ Ideate ➡️ Prototype ➡️ Test ➡️ Share And the final step… CELEBRATE!!! 🎉🙌🎉 4th graders installed their 3D printed Braille signs into their permanent homes in the nonfiction section of the library today. Students used the design thinking process to create this accessible signage in hopes to make our […]

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In the News: Student-Led Quest Makes Little Free Library for Bennett’s Village

The “Leveling the Playing Field” Quest, led by eighth grade student Jack Dozier ’23, has been a force in the Learning Village this trimester. Designed to answer one main question, How Can We Level the Playing Field for Children in Charlottesville?, Dozier and his Quest-mates decided to spend their class time raising money for Bennett’s […]

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Real World Math with the Bennett’s Village Penny Wars

How many dollars are in more than 140 pounds of donated change? 💰💰 Thanks to our amazing St. Anne’s-Belfield School LS math team, we came together as a community as a community to find out! We’ve spent weeks fundraising for Bennett’s Village, and the big moment is finally here! As a grand finale, fourth graders lead first grade […]

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4th Graders Say: What is Hacking?

What is hacking? Every year, as the final chapter to our Foiling Fake News unit, we pull back the curtain and dive into the HTML code behind a news website. Looking behind the scenes and manipulating headlines and photos using code checks to important boxes – first, it gives us valuable practice and experience with HTML […]

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You’re Invited: 2019 Computer Science Institute

Educators! Snag your spot in the 2019 CS Institute, powered by St. Anne’s-Belfield School and the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. This free two-day workshop gives K-12 educators easy, bite-size, accessible tools and ideas to bring computer science into lessons and activities. I know what you’re thinking – “I’m not qualified to […]

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Solving Library Problems with Design Thinking: 3D Printing Braille Signage

  Each year I push 4th grade students to use the design thinking process to create a lasting and meaningful contribution to their library. In past years, we’ve used graphic design to create new signage that’s more accessible to young readers, and interviewed kindergarteners to create systems to help them find the books that they […]

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Building our Little Free Library

  From the first pencil sketch design to drilling today’s final screw, this Leveling the Playing Field Quest team has had little Charlottesville readers and Bennett’s Village on their minds and in their hearts. With help from Mr. Browning, our sketches and plans became real pieces and we worked together to assemble them. Our Little […]

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We failed. Now what?: 10 Steps for Discussing Failure with Kids

Student-led, inquiry based, project based… these learning terms are big in the education world, and the pressure for students to create meaningful, big, showy products is intense. But student-led and project based learning isn’t all productive work periods and beautiful results. Sometimes, the most meaningful and memorable thing that students can do is fail. When […]

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Quest: How can we make our spaces more inclusive and welcoming for all?

What is an inclusive playground, and why does it matter? Our Quest has been working to understand and break down barriers that children in Charlottesville face that keep them from being able to read and play. Last month, we were lucky enough to meet Kara with Bennett’s Village, who taught us so much about Bennett, […]

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Women in STEM display for Women’s History Month

Our library’s little 🤚🏽🤚🏿🤚🏻🤚🏾🤚🏼 can’t get enough of these gorgeous Women in STEM posters from Women You Should Know. I find readers touching the faces and tracing the words countless times a day (especially Mae Jemison, who, along with Leland Melvin, has reached beyond rockstar status in our world). Did you know that Rosalind Franklin was integral […]

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