Transforming Learning Spaces

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Transforming Learning Spaces
Transforming Learning
Spaces
Patricia Baker
[email protected]
Goal
To discuss and share different ideas of creating or transforming spaces in a
school
Opportunities to share and discuss individual
needs and ideas
Opportunities to ask questions for further
clarification
Role of the Space
What is your space?
Classroom, Library, Learning Commons, Teaching pod
What is the purpose of your space?
Do you need a variety of zones for different purposes?
Small Group work, Large group area, Private/Quiet individual zone
“Reconfiguring the physical relationship is a powerful signal that participation is truly welcome.
The result is that you get better ideas out in the open where they can grow”
David Kelley - Make space: how to set the stage for creative
collaboration
Designing the Space
How to define the space
Netting
Personal space
Furniture
Collaborative Group Space
Designing the Space
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How to define the space
Shelving
Other Material
Designing the Space
How to define the space
Colour & Signage
Make a small specific area pop with a bright colour
Use signage that is specific, short and fun
Remember to keep the area tidy, clean and free of clutter
Flexible Space
Put Shelving, cupboards, carts on wheels
Use folding tables and benches that can easily be put
away to suit the environment you need
Cushions or foam blocks can be put in many different configurations for large or
small groups
Be flexible in where and how your students work to make their
space be the best for their learning needs
Using existing structure
Use walls
- as whiteboards for students to write ideas
-
and solve problems
- Install genius bar for technology or
- for students to stand to do work
Using existing structure
vGlass doors or walls
- Use window writing markers to write on
- Make a Graffiti wall
- thought/prayer wall
Desks or tabletops
-
paint with whiteboard paint
Transition space
When designing a learning space, leave room for students to transition from one
area to another.
Too much clutter or too little walking space decreases opportunities for a student
to expand on ideas. The space feels closed in
and therefore the students also feel closed in
or hampered in their ability to expand and
explore their work..
Accessorizing the space
Setting the ambience
What is the feeling you wish to set for the room
- Calm (neutral colours with natural materials)
- Invigorating, inspiring (bright, bold colous)
- Welcoming (a touch of both)
Lighting
- Can give a warm glow for a comforting & welcoming feeling (small lamps)
Carpet
- Can give that homey, living room feeling
Evaluating the Space
Transforming a space is ongoing project. Needs change and so should the space.
Never assume that a space has been completed but always look for new ways to
engage students with a new layout and purpose.
Evaluating the Space
Transforming a space is ongoing project. Needs change and so should the space.
Reading Area
Restorative zone
Review & Questions
What is the purpose of your space?
Do you need different areas for different purposes?
How do you want the space to feel?
Do you need a committee to make decisions?
Can the students be involved in the decisions?
“Space is a valuable tool that can help you create deep and meaningful collaborations in your
work and life.”
David Kelley
Make space: how to set the stage for creative collaboration

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