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The Argument for Transformative Learning Spaces

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Learning space design gets a makeover.

Bob Dillon, co-author of the book “The Space” with Rebecca Hare and “Redesigning Learning Spaces”, discusses changing the narrative around learning space design in his recent article for Medium website. Dillon states that “neat, fancy and cute have become the norm” and that many educators feel guilty because their classrooms may not be as Pinterest perfect as their neighbors. It is up to administrators, Dillon urges, to refocus the attention on the purpose of the learning space and not cosmetic appeal.

Dillon smartly states, “Space either inhibits learning or supports learning. It is very rarely neutral.”

He encourages educators to think about how instructional philosophy, and tools for learning intersect directly with learning space design.

Public support of innovative, new learning spaces is also key – but don’t rely on “emotional pleas,” Dillon warns. Substantiated research can be used to show that intentional classroom design supports brain-based learning.

Dillon also encourages educators to use student voice to support your space design practices. There isn’t anything stronger for an argument than hearing directly from the students and beneficiaries of these intentional learn space design practices. Dillon recommends recording videos, “showing students learning in these environments or discussing how space design supports growth.”

For more information or to read Dillon’s article in depth, visit the Medium website. He can be reach on Twitter @drrobertdillon.

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Kristin Oropeza

Kristin Oropeza is currently a TK-5th Grade Technology TOSA in Southern California. She holds a masters in special education and has worked in public education for over 10 years. Kristin also serves as a director on the CUE Los Angeles board and acts as their Communications Editor. Find her on Twitter @KristinOropeza.

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