● 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
● You eliminated the “front” of the room?
What do you need?
How can you rearrange the space to meet
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?
Tips from Jillian Maxim
1. Get kids involved
2. What is enough?
3. Sort items
4. Define Spaces
5. Have fun with it!
See Mistakes as Gifts
● Failure is not our goal, but learning and growth are!
● We will encounter mistakes on our route to
● 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
Embrace a Good Mess
house while your
kids are still
growing up is like
shoveling the walk
before it stops
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
Use What You Have
● 3 Things to Change By End of Year
● 2 more by end of summer
● 1 change that will happen as a result
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
● 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