Transformed learning spaces begin with transformed thought For two decades, educators have been told to incorporate skills for the global economy, adapt to diverse learning styles, and employ technology. This requires changing our thinking spaces and our physical spaces. How can or should they change to keep pace with and reflect 21st Century teaching models? In What’s in Your Space?, the group behind one of America’s most recognized school redesign projects walks you through the process of designing both “thinking” and “learning” spaces to accommodate today’s rigorous learning models. Throughout this book, educators will • Reflect upon their craft and role in 21st Century education • Understand the nuances of teaching Generation Z • Discover design principles to help establish tech-embedded learning environments • Collaborate with other educators to craft a scalable plan for redesigning learning spaces As we shift our thinking, it follows that the spaces in which we work and learn will also be transformed. Discover how to do it well. “We, as educators, can’t shift fast enough to keep up with the needs of today’s learners, but this book is a great leap in the right direction of doing so!” Brooke Menduni, Assistant Principal Dublin City Schools “There is something so unique about the framework/approach/lens of the actual physical change, so closely associated with the philosophical and pedagogical changes that can make this transformation real.” Carol Spencer, Director of Curriculum Addison Northwest Supervisory Union
Our journey into new types of learning space came about through necessity. We were two school administrators and an architect in search of a better building, and we were part of a team that brainstormed, researched, planned, and then finally built a new type of high school building designed around global skills, the learning styles of 21st century learners, and student use of technology. The building is Clark Hall, an award-winning addition that is a part of Gahanna Lincoln High School in Gahanna, Ohio.
But this book is not just about learning space; it’s also about the process of reinvention. When dreaming up Clark Hall we questioned nearly everything we knew about teaching, learning, and designing a building for high school students. We kept what ...