Learning Zones Become a Huge Hit with Students

Learning Zones Become a Huge Hit with Students
Posted on 02/21/2022
Three Buncombe County Schools Media Specialists put their heads together to create a new and fun way for students to learn. At Black Mountain Primary School (BMPS), Haw Creek Elementary School, and Oakley Elementary, students are participating in “Learning Zones,” where they can explore the different items the Media Center has to offer. By: Breanna Hensley
BCS Communications Dept.

Three Buncombe County Schools Media Specialists put their heads together to create a new and fun way for students to learn. At Black Mountain Primary School (BMPS), Haw Creek Elementary School, and Oakley Elementary, students are participating in “Learning Zones,” where they can explore the different items the Media Center has to offer.

“In the Library, we offer 3D printing, robotics, Makey Makey, and we’ve created an online journal that allows students the opportunity to explore the different technology on their own,” said BMPS Media Specialist Lila Morel. “Once a child masters their current zone, they then move on to a new learning zone.”

Ms. Morel has noticed how this has been helping challenge students and getting them out of their comfort zone.

“It’s definitely a challenge for the children, because they are having to explore on their own by reading and watching video clips,” explained Ms. Morel. “Therefore, mistakes are happening as they learn, and for some of the kids this is hard for them in a good way. I think it pushes each student, which is great!”

Students at each learning zone were having fun, and really thinking about the task in front of them.

“It’s pretty easy once you get used to the process,” said third-grader Evie Wiggs. “I really like the learning zones, because I get to try new things.”

Deciding which zones to place the students took a little time and research for the three Media Specialists.

“This is challenging them based on their interests,” said Ms. Morel. “We gave each student a survey at the very beginning to see how they like to learn. Some kids prefer to be in groups while others like to work alone.”

Ms. Morel feels that the learning zones are something that she will continue to implement in the Media Center. She has seen firsthand how well they’ve already helped her students.

“This is something that we have never done before, and it's a wonderful challenge for students,” said Ms. Morel. “They are really having to think creatively and explore on their own.”

Buncombe County Schools hope to have Learning Zones at all media centers in the future to help enhance the students' learning experience. 

Three Buncombe County Schools Media Specialists put their heads together to create a new and fun way for students to learn. At Black Mountain Primary School (BMPS), Haw Creek Elementary School, and Oakley Elementary, students are participating in “Learning Zones,” where they can explore the different items the Media Center has to offer.