Accelerating Learning Through Innovative Space
Douglas Huntley, Ed.D.
Retired Superintendent & Educational Specialist
Dr. Douglas Huntley, a retired superintendent and advocate for 21st century learning and design, explores a few space types and the features that contribute to the advancement of student learning.
Stimulating and energizing young minds is a goal of most educational leaders. CSArch shares that goal and helps clients achieve it through transformative design work that drives student success in a rapidly changing, interconnected world. Children and young adults thrive in creative learning spaces, and it is increasingly clear that the changing landscape of instructional space influences learning today more than ever. How do the innovative learning spaces of today contribute to the acceleration of learning?
The 21st Century Classroom
Space is an active aspect of learning in the 21st century classroom. Such classrooms are dynamic and exciting because they are designed to adapt to the learner. In fact, they might better be characterized as an active learning lab.
The flexible design of these classroom spaces supports individual study, one-on-one interaction, or small group learning as desired by the facilitator. Moveable, comfortable, and scalable furniture supports the necessary pedagogy to address the unique social, emotional, and educational needs of each student. The open space concept promotes collaboration, cooperation, socialization, communication, and enrichment for all students.
In addition to small group work, students will experience differentiated instruction, cross-curricular learning, station rotation, and project-based learning among other student-centered methodologies. The open classroom design and flexible furniture allows for a seamless transition between instruction types.
Additionally, learning is facilitated with the latest infrastructure for air exchange, adaptable and natural lighting, appropriate amounts of glazing, sound control, safety, and technology.