The Future Classroom… Today
Cultivate innovative thinking by engaging students in reimagining the 21st Century Classroom.
How can a balanced learning environment support a 21st century work environment?
What is a balanced learning environment?
Why bother to plan a balanced learning environment?
What does the research say about about creating a balanced or flexible learning environment?
Every activity of teaching and learning takes place in a physical setting, and as such, the school facility plays a vitally supportive role in contributing to achieving educational goals. Effective planning, design, and management of school facilities can be a powerful tool for educational leaders in ensuring that the physical settings within which learning takes place are not only adequate but also motivational for both students and teachers.
– Jeffrey Lackney, Ph.D, School Design and Architecture
How do you get started?
Common Core Connection
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1 Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
- Individually, or with a partner, choose a current project or unit of study. Think about the need and opportunities to utilize different types of learning spaces. Use the template “Learning Environment Flexibility” or the online design resource to organize your thinking and “sketch-out” your learning environment.
Once you have completed your design explore the room and consider which tools might you consider adding to your classroom and why?