“For too long, schools have been places young people go to watch their teachers work.”
Teachers make generations of difference – impacting the children we teach today, their children and their children. Having a great education creates great opportunity, and opportunities for future generations.
The environment where that learning takes place is vital. If our intent is to inspire collaboration, we must have spaces that allow for this. Likewise, if the intent is critical thinking, there has to be places to be by yourself, to read, ponder and write. We need to consider not only the desks and chairs, but also the scenarios we are designing for. A boring, didactic, teacher-led lesson isn’t made any less boring because I’m sitting on a comfortable chair.
Learning spaces are also a question of equity. What works for one child won’t necessarily work for another. One may prefer working at a traditional desk while another will feel more comfortable on the floor. Every child deserves the education that is right for them.
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