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What's in Your Space?
5 Steps for Better School and Classroom Design



© 2016 | 144 pages | Corwin

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


 
Introduction
 
The Parable of the Sage and the Two Spaces
 
Step 1: Understand Generation Z
The Importance of Cell Phones  
Connected Through Social Media  
The Influence of Gaming  
Working in Small Groups  
It's All About the Internet  
Memorization and Motivation  
The Importance of Relationships  
Begin Taking Steps - Now!  
Professional Development Ideas to Understand Generation Z  
 
Step 2: Start Asking Questions
Our Beginning  
Our Shift  
Listening to Others  
Clear Talking Points  
A New Design Process for a New Type of Building  
Chairs Are for Thinking, Not Just Sitting  
Desks Can Be Tools for Collaboration  
Carpet Diem  
Creativity is Contagious  
Different Skills, Different Spaces  
The Importance of Technology  
Fostering Student Buy-In  
A New Type of Building, a New Funding Formula... and New Challenges  
The Importance of Selecting and Training Staff  
Understanding That Educators Evolve at Different Speeds  
Sometimes People Need to See New Ideas to Understand Them  
Remaining True to Our Core Value  
An Example of Teaching in a Z Space Like Clark Hall  
It's the Teaching and the Relationships, Not Just the Space  
Clark Hall Today  
Two Essential Questions to Begin the Design of Your Z Space  
 
Step 3: Shift to a 21st Century Mindset
We Must View Space Redesign as a K-12 Process  
We Must Understand That Space Redesign Can Be Done on a Large Scale or a Small Scale  
We Must Find Ways to Make This Shift Even When Budgets Are Tight  
We Must Build a Culture of Trust in Our Schools  
We Must Recognize That a Learning Space Can Enhance 21st Century Learning  
We Should Make the Space Redesign a Group Effort  
We Must Be Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable  
We Should Study What Researchers Are Saying About 21st Century Learning  
We Should Gather Ideas From New Sources  
We Should Embrace Social Media  
We Should Form Clear Objectives for How We Want to Use the Space and Communicate Those Objectives to Our Staff and Community  
We Should Consider the Finishing Touches First  
We Must Acknowledge That the Learning Space Is Only as Good as the Teaching That Takes Place In It  
We Must Embrace the Idea That the Teacher in a 21st Century Learning Space Will Be a Facilitator, Not the Disseminator of Information  
Professional Development Activities to Shift Thinking to a 21st Century Mindset  
 
Step 4: Teach Global Skills
Standardized Testing and Global Skills  
The Common Core State Standards  
Other Sources for Global Skills  
Graduate Profiles  
Three Stages of Development  
The Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools Graduate Profile  
Breaking Down a Graduate Profile Into Segments  
Global Skills at River Bluff High School  
Media Center Redesigns  
Z Spaces at the Elementary Level  
Individual Teacher or Small Team Skill Lists  
Professional Development Ideas to Teach Global Skills  
 
Step 5: Let Students Use Technology
We Need Technology  
We Must Learn From Our Past  
We Must Envision How Technology and Space Can Enhance Learning  
We Must Model With Our Teachers What We Expect to See In Our Classroom  
Our Network Must Be So Strong and Well Maintained That It Rarely Crashes  
Our Technology Budget Must Be Robust  
We Must Teach Students to Use the Internet Ethically  
We Must Discuss the Role of Technology in Teacher Assessments  
We Must Realize This Is a Career-Long Initiative  
We Must Turn to the True Experts: Our Students  
Professional Development Activities to Help Students Use Technology  

"Decision makers in school districts need to read, think about, and promote the ideas and concepts found in this book. Schools need to provide the types of learning experiences and spaces that will equip students with the tools they need for success in a quickly changing future. The ideas in this book will help to prepare students for success in fields that have yet to be defined, and for jobs that right now do not exist."

David Clark, Curriculum and Technology Specialist
Butler County ESC

"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

"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
Key features

This book provides new insights into teaching the next generation of learners and designing learning spaces to fit their needs.

Educators will learn: 

·         How to design a world class learning experience for Generation Z
·         Design principles for learning environments on any scale - from classrooms to entire buildings 

·         Professional development practices for continued learning in the 21st Century
·         The views and mindsets of 21st Century teachers
·         How to create their own step-by-step plan for learning space redesign

·         How to integrate technology throughout every learning space


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