Designing An Inquiry Style Classroom

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Designing An Inquiry Style Classroom

  1. 1. Designing an INQUIRY style classroom Collaborative design in practice
  2. 2. 1 st steps… <ul><li>“ inquire” </li></ul><ul><li>Select a room </li></ul><ul><li>“ inquire” </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a vision </li></ul><ul><li>“ inquire” </li></ul><ul><li>Ask the users </li></ul><ul><li>“ inquire” </li></ul><ul><li>Fine tune the vision </li></ul>
  3. 3. Comments from teachers <ul><li>Space </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible space </li></ul><ul><li>Good lighting </li></ul><ul><li>Movable seats </li></ul><ul><li>Work areas </li></ul><ul><li>Comfortable seats </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership </li></ul><ul><li>No front to room </li></ul>
  4. 4. Things to note <ul><li>People are not used to being asked, and therefore, won’t always have ideas! </li></ul><ul><li>Some people will have too many ideas and de-rail the project! </li></ul><ul><li>There has to be someone driving the project who “gets the big picture”! </li></ul><ul><li>Individual ideas need to be seen thematically! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Next step… <ul><li>Turn ideas into themes </li></ul><ul><li>Turn themes into plans </li></ul><ul><li>Consult with architect! </li></ul><ul><li>Represent the users fairly </li></ul>
  6. 6. Multiple Lessons -presentations
  7. 7. Single presentation -lecture
  8. 8. Teams -group work
  9. 9. Round table -discussion
  10. 10. Conventional -compromise with Registrar’s Office
  11. 11. Ceiling Plan -note improved lighting -multi screens -no real front to room
  12. 12. Room Elevations -screens on 4 walls -black boards -white boards -corkboards -acoustic treatments
  13. 13. Next steps? <ul><li>Consult with users again re: equipment requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Storage </li></ul><ul><li>Ease of use </li></ul><ul><li>Buy-in!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Each step demands more INQUIRY!!! </li></ul>

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