Concentration – Contemplation – Collaboration
A week back, I had the opportunity to attend the Michigan Flipped Teaching (#MiFlip15) conference at the Steelcase University Learning Center. I’ve been to the facility a couple of times for tours, but this time was a bit different. This time, I got to experience the SULC as a learner, instead of as a “tourist”.
I really appreciated the amount of thought that went into creating such an inviting learning environment, and one that supports so many preferences of the learners. In short, I wish our education institutions could be like the SULC. No doubt, we have some examples of these sorts of learner-focused environments locally, however, in my travels I know that we don’t have nearly enough of them for our learners.
In the world of K-12 education, we hear many proclamations to make the environment student-centered, learner focused, flexible, adaptive, etc. I do wonder when we’ll see those words come alive for a larger portion of our students? They certainly deserve much better places to start their life’s work than in a battleship gray box with rows and columns of desks.
Where are the places in your school for concentration, contemplation and collaboration? How can we make these environments a reality for more students?