I'm late to the flashblog tonight. My ideal learning space would be a cross between Panera and Google's offices.
I want rugs and comfy chairs. I want big tables, individual tables and booths. Hell, I want a fireplace.
In an ideal world there would be space for introverts, space for extroverts and enough shelves to display all of my books. There would be large areas for students to display their work.
There would be computers, projectors and ipads- but also notebooks, crayons and eisels, because creativity and learning need many mediums.
There would be music to feed their souls, and snacks for my students who may not get enough to eat.
There would large windows to promote daydreaming, because who knows what brilliant idea may come to a child when their mind is traveling the world beyond the wall.
Above all my ideal learning space would be one where every student feels ownership. Every student would feel safe. Every student would feel that it is "our room." Not "my room."
I realize that a lot of this is idealistic and yet much of it is not. Essentially the ideal space is one where students are free to be the best version of themselves- where barriors to real and meaningful learning are broken- not built.
I may never get a fireplace or treats- but I'm going to get as close to the rest as I can!
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