Physical Space

16 Oct

“Today’s schools must create spaces that students want to go to, similar to the way cafes attract people, rather than the space being purely functional.” Andrew Bunting

As I read my Saturday paper and drink my morning coffee I really liked this quote that got me thinking. This week as we undertake a building project I have been thinking a great deal about the learning environment.

I have walked around my school and I have watched my pay much attention to the creation, design and use of physical space. I think we should encourage all staff to rethink the way that space can be used in order to engage student learners. There were three main things that came to mind as I considered physical learning spaces:

  1. People like the atmosphere and vibe of a cafe – it’s an interesting, comfortable and enjoyable place to spend time. What can we borrow from this environment for the learning spaces of school?
  2. If collaboration is a skill that we want students to develop then does the layout of the learning space allow for this?
  3. Will students be more likely to develop a love of learning if they see the real world reflected in the learning contexts of their school?
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