Where the educational curriculum is headed is impossible to predict, but take heart: an intelligently designed school can adapt to the curricular changes that are sure to come.
In my last post, I discussed the importance of walls in creating vibrant, curriculum-focused learning environments. This time, I’d like to take it one step further by asking an important question: what’s happening between the walls?
The walls between classrooms present another opportunity to promote flexibility. For example, a shared meeting room between two classrooms can open to a foyer entry.
Some possibilities for furniture and wall configurations with technology include:
- Option 1: What if an auto executive visits the school for 30 minutes to talk about hybrid and electric cars? Both walls can open so that two classes benefit from the visit
- Option 2: What if a student in China Skypes in and a small group from another subject wants to join in? One wall opens to the class for collaboration.
- Option 3: What if a small group needs space to build a model project? Both walls are closed to create small group learning environments.
- Option 4: What if in the next period, the small group members presents their project to the class? One wall opens to provide viewing of the project.
We cannot predict the future, but by designing adaptable solutions, we can be prepared to change the learning setting as changes in curriculum delivery arise.