It’s true that classroom design has a lot to do with how students are engaged in learning, but one teacher has taken it a bit further: this classroom has a Lego wall.
A passion for Legos is enabling a teacher at White Oak Elementary School in Coweta County Georgia to bring creativity and opportunities to create in her classroom by building a Lego wall in the classroom.
“I am always looking for innovative ways to engage students,” said REACH teacher Paula Corley. “A few years ago, my passion for Legos was reignited with my own child and his interest. Then, I began teaching Lego robotics for the first time last year.
“At Coweta’s STEM Conference last year, I went to a class about Makerspaces, which is a movement related to STEM that reinforces innovation, design, logic, and problem solving in students. I began to plan my own Makerspace and in searching for ideas, I stumbled about this amazing wall that a librarian had added in a middle school.”
The wall is not just a decoration, but is a working Lego space. The wall is six foot by six foot, and consists of 49 Lego baseplates. Students in the REACH program for gifted students can build directly on the wall.
The REACH program is for gifted students and in her REACH classes, Corley teaches students from every grade level. All of them are able to utilize the six foot by six foot Lego wall which consists of 49 Lego baseplates and they can build directly on it.