"Learning environments can be created to meet people’s needs."
The inquiry has been centred around three key questions:
1. What is the role and purpose of learning environments?
2. Why is the learning space designed this way?
3. How do we know the learning environment has met people's needs?
In preparation for designing a learning space for a student in Yr 5 or 6, students have been introduced to a variety of "Connect and Wonder" learning engagements ranging from a slideshow, gallery walk, videos of other schools and looking at case studies on Furnware's website. One engagement was to analyse photos of learning spaces from other schools. Students have decided what the best elements of a learning space are for themselves and they have also recommended improvements. (See example in picture below)
Students have also searched and collected ideas from pages such as mine on Pinterest. They have begun to draft out ideas from their design boards and are being creative with the use of existing space and furniture. As you can see, colour is a big theme here as well as circular tables/groupings for collaborative learning engagements.
We are all looking forward to seeing final designs and improvements.