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Design an Innovative Learning Space

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Design an Innovative Learning Space

  1. 1. Design an Innovative Learning Space Backchannel For Discussion https://todaysmeet.com/LearningSpaces @coffeechugbooks www.coffeeforthebrain.com
  2. 2. Today We Will….. ● Examine our current classroom ● Develop ways to transform to Learning Studio ● Discuss the experience of makerspace to traditional classroom ● Walk away with 3-2-1 Plan
  3. 3. Room Sketch
  4. 4. Question to Ponder ● Schools are filled with hundreds of legacy 800 square foot cinder block classrooms. ● How do these spaces become capable of supporting a contemporary learning experience?
  5. 5. Pastel Prison
  6. 6. What If….. ● Instead of desks you had tables? ● You got rid of your teacher desk? ● You assembled desks into pods? ● You got rid of the overhead projector? ● You no longer had whiteboards? ● Your classroom was no longer a pastel prison? ● You eliminated the “front” of the room?
  7. 7. Does it have to be?
  8. 8. Learning Studio
  9. 9. Instead of hallway
  10. 10. Learning Street
  11. 11. Implications of Transformation Academic vs Social Formal vs. Informal Individual vs. Collaborative
  12. 12. How Do I Start?
  13. 13. Question 1 What type of space do you currently have?
  14. 14. Clear the clutter. Start Fresh!
  15. 15. Need Finding What do you need? How can you rearrange the space to meet those needs?
  16. 16. Ask yourself…... How do we want to use our _______? What is our ______ missing? How are we actually using our ______? What areas get the most traffic? Why? What could we move, purge, or shift to make our dream a reality?
  17. 17. Tips from Jillian Maxim 1. Get kids involved 2. What is enough? 3. Sort items 4. Define Spaces 5. Have fun with it!
  18. 18. Current Dilemma
  19. 19. Self Serve Space Kids have access to materials at will and as needed
  20. 20. Everyday materials low shelf or cabinet markers, tape, crayons, glue, etc. What else do you need for your room?
  21. 21. Clear Boxes, Bowls, Baskets fill with building materials wood, scraps, corks, pipe cleaners, straws, **adjust materials to classes you teach**
  22. 22. Tables
  23. 23. Creative Invitations Create stations that invite people to play. “combination of materials and context that intrigue children with a suggestion of play.”
  24. 24. Tips Allow time to explore
  25. 25. Tips Engage with them in a nonjudgmental manner. Be Them!
  26. 26. Tips Create an environment where norm is for them to think “I wonder if I do……..”
  27. 27. Design Supplies(just a start) Utensils, Pliable materials - paper, rubber bands, playdough, foil Connectors - tape, glue, staples Structural - toothpicks, popsicle sticks, cardboard Treasures - recyclable, ribbon, balloons
  28. 28. Discovery Supplies magnifying glass, tweezers, bug jar, clipboards, funnel, measuring cups, turkey baster, test tubes, egg timer, goggles, leaves, pinecones, twigs, prisms, mirrors, LEGO
  29. 29. Flexible
  30. 30. See Mistakes as Gifts ● Failure is not our goal, but learning and growth are! ● We will encounter mistakes on our route to awesomeness ● Mistakes are gifts and opportunities to learn and grown ● Ask about the mistake, what can we do differently? ● Mistakes are opportunities for growth rather than indications of failure
  31. 31. Embrace a Good Mess “Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.” Phyllis Diller
  32. 32. Mix It Up With Drawing Dry erase on glass Chalk on fences Upside Down - paper underneath a table Draw on cookies - paintbrush dipped in food coloring or food safe pens Draw on banana - Phil Hansen
  33. 33. What Now?
  34. 34. Use What You Have ● Transform the “old” ● Grants ● Ask!
  35. 35. ● 3 Things to Change By End of Year ● 2 more by end of summer ● 1 change that will happen as a result
  36. 36. Remember It is not the things/gadgets/devices that matter so much in developing a learning studio, but in how we teach, the environment crafted by the educator, and making kids feel safe to journey down the pathway of learning.
  37. 37. Thanks aarmau@gmail.com @coffeechugbooks www.coffeeforthebrain.com
  38. 38. Resources ● For Back to School, Reimagine Classroom Design | MindShift ● 4 Tips to Transform Your Learning Space ● Modern Learning Spaces AREN’T Defined by Gadgets | Solution Tree Blog ● Coffeechug Cafe: Classroom Cribs Challenge ● PBL: It’s More Than Projects
  39. 39. Shopping! ● http://www.beyondtheofficedoor.com/ ● http://www.spaceoasis.com/ ●

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