It began during a PYP workshop in Melbourne last week, where we used Ron Ritchhart’s 8 cultural forces as a lens to explore how we might create a culture of creativity.
As participants considered various images of learning spaces, their own and others’, including some beautiful, inviting Reggio environments we generated a list of questions, such as these:
- Does the learning space reflect what you say you value about learning?
- Is the space visually appealing? Does it invite learning?
- What kind of culture does the learning space suggest?
- What is the role of colour? Is there too much ‘visual noise’?
- What role do the learners play in deciding how the space is organised?
- Has the purpose of everything you post on the walls been carefully considered?
- How is students’ thinking made visible?
- How is natural light maximised? (I really did hear a story of a teacher who put up curtains so that children would not look outside and be distracted!)
- What clutter can you get rid of? (Now.)
- MOST importantly: How is the space organised to foster things like: independence, collaboration, agency, creativity, movement and thinking?