6 Active Learning Spaces Your Library Should Have

6 Active Learning Spaces Your Library Should Have | On AASL Knowledge Quest, I take a look at six types of active learning spaces from the book, Get Active. I describe how these spaces can be implemented in modern school libraries and why they are essential

6 Active Learning Spaces

My latest post over on AASL Knowledge Quest focuses on six different types of active learning spaces in school libraries.  The post was inspired by a section of the book Get Active (my review here) as well as a recent presentation I’ve been doing on transforming library spaces called Making Your Library Epic.

I’m not normally a big fan of the word “should”, but when it comes to creating an environment that supports active learning, I feel that it is absolutely necessary for ALL school libraries.  These six types of spaces will look different at every school, and often multiple types of spaces will overlap or will serve different purposes at different times.  But each of them is critical for supporting the various learning styles of our students.

Here’s a preview:

In the book Get Active: Reimagining Learning Spaces for Student Success, the authors identify six types of active learning spaces that are essential for creating an engaging learning environment for students. While this research (and this book) are not specifically focused on school libraries, we are the ideal place in our schools to encompass all six types of learning spaces in one location. We are the learning hubs of our schools after all. 🙂 You might find that many of these spaces will overlap in your library, or that their purpose might shift depending on the day. That’s totally normal considering how flexible our spaces have to be. Aim for having all six areas available as much as possible.

Curious as to what those six types of learning spaces are?

Click on over to Knowledge Quest and check it out 🙂

Diana Rendina, MLIS, is the media specialist at Tampa Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 in Tampa, FL. Previously, she was the media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School for seven years, where she founded their library makerspace. She is the creator of the blog RenovatedLearning.com. She was a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest from 2015-2018. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen and Aaron Graves and is also the author Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.


  1. kevin b nicusanti : October 6, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    we’re tackling a project like this at our HIgh School in OC, CA . Taking it to a tech center/student chill lounge … do you have any projects that resemble that ?

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