This post is part of a series designed to help parents, teachers, students, and the global community understand the Targets associated with WAB's journey to achieve the Future of Learning.
Target 15: Flexible, diverse & variable spaces
Spaces are purposefully designed or selected for learning. Spaces can be both physical, virtual or a blend of the two.
Most schools were designed to serve a model of education in which a single teacher lectures to a classroom full of students. These classrooms are passive environments where learning happens. Traditionally, classrooms were not seen as having an important impact on learning.
We now know that learning spaces can and should activate learning. They are important elements of the learning experience for each and every student that can be dynamic and flexible to meet a diverse range or extremely specific set of needs. That means they are designed to serve the needs of individuals, small groups, or large gatherings of people; they can be outfitted with specific resources and equipment or open enough to cater to diverse functions.
Learning spaces should be an active contributor to the learning journey. They are part of a larger school environment or ecosystem that support the other FLoW21 Targets such as team-teaching, flexible learning groups, individualized timetables, self-directed learning, and mentorship.
We're not talking about the "open classroom" idea, in which big open spaces are created for multiple groups. We're talking about a collection of diverse spaces, where teachers and students can make choices about where, when, and how they learn.
Teachers and students should not be limited by their classrooms. Instead, learning spaces should contribute to teaching and learning and be designed to meet specific needs. Have a look at the video below (or on Youtube here) to see how one school transformed their spaces in this way.