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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

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Start Asking Questions

When we created Clark Hall, an award-winning Z Space in Gahanna, Ohio, we started with lots of questions that ended in a new type of building. It’s not like we had a sudden vision of the process from the first to the last step. The answers came one by one. At times we felt like three carpenters who had built houses for years—and suddenly realized we needed to build a new type of skyscraper. There were days when we nailed a philosophical plank into place and asked each other, “What do you think?” We would look at each other, check our sources, talk about it, adjust it, and then begin to hammer the next plank.

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