1. Consider Space as a“Third teacher”
Parents, peers, and space are the three teachers of children. Create spaces that have their own unique ability to contribute to learning. – from the Reggio Emilia approach
2. Think Flexibility and Agility
Create environments that can be reshaped quickly to meet a wide variety of learning conditions.
3. Promote Movement
Kids learn better when they are active. Design classroom environments that promote movement.
4. Add Color
Move beyond beige. Adding color is an easy and affordable way to make spaces more interesting and engaging.
5. Reclaim Space
Where is there underutilized space in your classroom that can be repurposed to support learning? Think about adding to available space by removing your desk or file cabinets.
6. Remove Clutter
Is your classroom visually overwhelming? Reduce the amount of materials on classroom walls to prevent over-stimulation.
7. Add Writable Spaces
Is your classroom writable? Consider adding writable surfaces on walls and desks or provide individual whiteboards for brainstorming and problem-solving.
8. Create Digital Spaces
Connect students to a “classroom in the cloud” to add another dimension to what you do in your physical spaces.
9. Use the Perimeter
Focus on the perimeter of your classroom where wall meets floor. Add a genius bar along one wall where kids can stand or sit on high chairs to collaborate.
10. What is the Invitation?
How does your space invite learners into an experience? Design your space so that when learners enter, the space informs them of the intent of the learning about to occur.
Want more ideas about designing learning spaces? Check out The Space: A Guide for Educators by EdTechTeam Press!