After the fifth grade students designed their learning space, it was time to analyze all of their blueprints and make a final decision for the arrangement of the room. Using a Google form to create an online survey, the students came to a consensus on the type of learning centers they wanted as well as their location in the room.
- natural light
- saucer chairs (spider chairs create too much movement)
- bookcase positioned to serve as a dividing wall for creating separate space from the adjacent game center
- conversation table for discussion
- headlines and language of thinking for visual learners
Wild ideas are okay. This prompted a “man cave” in the classroom where the students desired to have their own space to play. One student suggested that they call it their Crusader Cave and everyone immediately loved it. A design team, lead by Ms. Parker, used Photoshop to design a banner that they could proudly display in their “fun zone.”
Making thinking visible allows the students to build understanding of what they are learning as their thoughts are displayed around the room. The students decided to create a project/design center with space to exhibit their end products.
The students realized that improving on communication skills is a huge goal for the class, and they decided to make room for a writing center for small group learning.
- round table for better flow of discussion
- ladder of feedback and brainstorming thinking routine
- comfortable rolling chairs
- location next to the reading center so there are fewer distractions
The final results: