Saturday, 8 November 2008

Agile social, learning, eating spaces

Social area or eating area or work area? As schools get more adaptable and flexible the photo above shows exactly how flexible social spaces could be used in schools, before, during and after the normal school days.

The only way that this would not work is if schools are still obsessed about running for administrative convenience rather than for what is best for the learner. This flexible space would not work for example if the school still believes it is logical to try and feed 1,200 students in either a fifteen minute morning break or during a fifty minute space for lunch. In these cases it can only ever be chaotic and a deeply unpleasant experience or students eating and those staff on duty.
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Schools are looking for alternative arrangements - they would be daft to do so!
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With staggered feeding (or grazing as Stephen Heppell calls it) as is appropriate during the learning activity, in a pleasant professional environment, the more pleasant experience it is for students and staff. Equally large spaces once reserved for a brief rather nasty eating experience can become an agile learning and social space for all.
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Doesn't that make more sense?
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