I have always struggled with decorating my classroom. I could walk into others rooms and see posters and spaces that looked really cool and had things covering every square inch of the wall. I was overwhelmed.
I thought I wanted a space that had interesting things for the students to see and read.
I went minimal. Everything came down because it was up for me.
I want a space that students will fill with their passion and creativity.
I want students doing their interests and their passions and I want the space to work for their needs.
I will leave the white spaces.
My students will have more room to create because I intentionally take out.
The quiet space, I will let be still.
I will be intentional about the students creating their space.
Question to ask..This learning space supports student learning by...because...
What is the purpose of your space?
A space for my learners that meets all of their needs. A space the students feel safe, comfortable and want to be in. A space learners need to collaborate, problem solve, think critically, be creative, and feel empowered to make a difference in their world.
How will you know when you are a success?
When students identify that the space helps them be successful in the above areas.
I won’t be successful in meeting my students’ needs.
An innovative space designed for the learners.
Students decide the norms around the design.
Brainstorm - verbal and visual
Feedback - What do they think of the plan?
The “Set-up” - build first iteration
The “Reconfigure” - Ask, “How can we make it better?”
“In a collaborative culture, schools operate like a greenhouse — that is, teachers ‘pollinate’ each other’s classrooms (sharing ideas and experiences) so that everyone ‘grows’ and no one ‘dies’” - Umair Qureshi
Collaboration needs movement and choice.
Idea Wall - huge - Showerboard Panels
T-Walls - t-shaped walls
“Spaces to create are about liberating the passion and purpose that rests deeply in the souls of students.”
Simple - cardboard, rubber bands, pipe cleaners, paper clips, hot glue guns
Dedicated Multi-media space
Pushing vs. Pulling
What if, instead of pushing content, we used our walls and screens to pull the learning through the students?
Display - finished work, passive
Showcase - learning progress(potential change), interactive
Crash Course in Design Theory
1. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
2. Less is more.
3. Think outside the box, but keep your product(learning) at the heart of it.
“Lives are so full of activity and chatter; it’s difficult to find quiet time, but I find that the quietest times of my life speak the loudest.” Regina Dugan
Seven Principles of Universal Design
Flexibility in Use.
Simple and Intuitive Use.
Perceptible Information. - use of colors, images to designate space
Tolerance for Error.
Low Physical Effort.
Size and Space for Approach and Use
Mr. Dylan Wince
I am not a writer but I am writing. I have learned too much to not share my journey.