Redesign Your Classroom
Do you want to change the way your class looks this year? Are you wanting to create an environment in your classroom that allows for creativity and risk taking? I am going to share with you a little about our journey and how we transformed our media center space.
Our area had looked like this before we changed it up!
We had a few ideas just from observing our students in our media center. Our first observation was that our students wanted different areas for learning. We focused on four areas and worked to create this for our learners. These areas came from Target Interior
Design Company as this is what they focus on when creating a collaboration space.
1.) I own
2.) We own
3.) I Share
4.) We share
Students wanted a space that they can have to themselves.
They want a space where a group can collaborate.
They also want a space where students can share what they are learning with more students.
Finally, they needed a space where a group could do some presentations.
We have started creating these different areas in our media center by getting some flexible furniture from SteelCase.
A student can have their space for creating and working.
We share- Students can put these desks together to create a collaboration area.
Our Learning Lounge allows students to use our TV and Apple TV to show their presentations.
Students can collaborate at the big table as a group.
We focused on these learning areas to help provide spaces for our learners. When you think about your classroom are you able to get rid of some desks? Create areas of your classroom that allow for the four areas above to happen easily by pushing desks or tables together quickly. Think about having different levels for students to sit and collaborate with fellow students.
Once you have your space figured out it is time start building a culture in your classroom that will allow for risk taking. An excellent book to read to begin to make this environment in your classroom is Sparking Student Creativity by Patti Drapeau In this book they will talk about the first step is creating the environment in your classroom. The next step is teaching the students how to take risks and try new things. I highly recommend this book to anyone thinking about doing this.
After you have created this, then you can start thinking about color and paint in your classroom. We were unable to paint classrooms, but we were able to get white board paint for our math and ELA classes.
Transforming spaces takes time, but if you start by thinking about the four areas in your classroom you can begin to go down this path.
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