One of the great things about the workshops on Learning Space Design last week was seeing the students interact with the different furniture and settings in a thoughtful way. Then to record their thoughts and take the ideas back to the tables for discussion. Some of course, couldn’t wait that long and engaged in discussions over lunch. Fantastic.
Another thing that impressed me a lot was the eloquence and thoughtful conclusions and commitments from the tables at the end of the day – most from the students on video in front of 200 people. Surely this is a huge source of ideas, imagination and experience we should tap into when designing anything from classroom furniture through various spaces through to whole school dynamics and space use.
Why stop there? In a time when the options for learning are exploding in terms of technology support, space design, context, timing and mode of learning – who knows what works better than the student. Couple this with a teaching staff who can tap into this source of ideas on a continuous basis for refining, sharing and extending the thinking across the school and even beyond.
Then we jointly develop winning innovations that take each unique learning space to reality.