Learning commons and inside the tulip

There is now much discussion about the school library as a learning commons, both physical and virtual. Learning Futures also views schools as learning commons. A recent report notes that the idea of a learning commons comes from the existence of common land, in historical times. In the school sense, the report argues that a commons should be ‘A shared space with shared resources. Everyone in the community has access to it, and everyone shares the responsibility for it’. Does that sound like your school library? The book by David Loertscher, Carol Koechlin and Sandi Zwaan  is a good place to start when addressing the idea of a learning commons. The accompanying website has many good ideas, links and examples from schools. If you’ve not explored the idea of your school library as a learning commons as yet, now is a very good time to start.

Over the past few days, I’ve been looking at one of my tubs of spring flowers from my window, and one particular tulip caught my eye. The flower is an off white and a large and attractive flower. What really fascinated me was when I looked down inside the flower, which opened up wide after several days. The picture below shows the inside of the flower and it’s Dali-esque colours and patterns. What do you see in the pattern? The legs and long feet of bodies diving into the centre? The more you look, the more you see. Mesmerising.

Inside the tulip


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