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
Chapter 4: Teach Global Skills
Teach Global Skills
If a teacher who retired in 1995 walked into a classroom today, would that teacher see the exact same type of teaching and classroom design he or she had used in 1995? Or would it be a different one?
One hopes that retired teacher would see a classroom where young people were using their minds to create new ideas. Thomas Friedman recently quoted Tony Wagner in the New York Times: “The capacity to innovate—the ability to solve problems creatively or bring new possibilities to life—and skills like critical thinking, communication and collaboration are far more important than academic knowledge” (Friedman, 2013).
It must be stressed that a new type of learning space will not guarantee an improvement in learning unless we ...