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See, Hear and Breathe: What Matters in Learning Spaces

Despite there still being a great deal of debate about empirical research related to modern learning environments, there does seem to be some common trends coming through*. Light matters. Natural Read More »

Modern Learning Spaces for Everyone: Extrovert & Introvert

Can modern learning spaces be differentiated for all learners; extrovert and introvert? One might easily argue that the modern classroom is very much taking a page from the modern office Read More »

The Case for Time

I recently read George Couros' post expounding on the importance of not only space in modern learning environments, but also time. I couldn’t agree more with Corous’ thesis. I Read More »

Designing for Risk

I recently attended a learning spaces conference in Singapore. One of the keynote speakers at the conference was Japanese architect Takaharu Tezuka, known for his TED talk "The best Kindergarten Read More »

Cognitive Dissonance and the Flexible Classroom

Teaching in an extremely flexible classroom allows teachers to purposefully redesign their environment to tailor to a specific lesson. Whether that's setting the stage for collaboration, conversation or viewing the Read More »

Field Trips as Learning Environments

While the four walls of a classroom often dominate this blog it is incredibly important to understand that while clever design can stimulate learning, so can the well designed use Read More »

The Flexible Classroom

When we talk about Modern Learning Environments one of the biggest buzz words is 'flexibility'. Modern learning spaces need to turn on a dime and work for a variety of Read More »

The Coolest EDU Space Products Around!

So money's no object?- Lucky you... Here are 6 awesome products you'd love in your learning space. The Hokki Stool by VS - A simply designed stool with a twist- Read More »

Discard the Desk- Collapsing the hierarchy

A few weeks back a parent met with a colleague of mine regarding their child. The meeting went well and the conversation quickly turned towards the classroom redesigns that had Read More »

Desks vs. Tables

In modern learning environments there is a fundamental shift occurring. The change is quite simple and is actually cost-saving for the schools and work environments that are getting onboard. It is Read More »

5 Questions to Spark Your Classroom Reboot

September has just begun and for most of us it is time to head back to school for a new school year. The new school years offers us many opportunities, Read More »

Getting it all done – Hacking Furnishings

Redesigning your learning space doesn’t have to be a terribly expensive project. There are lots of opportunities to create unique furnishings that will fit your space by being creative and Read More »

The Power of Proximity

One of the great things about have a 21st century learning space with lots of choice for kid’s is the opportunity to have students explore how space affects their learning. Read More »

Colour in the Classroom

There is quite a healthy debate raging around colour in learning spaces. Many modern office spaces have chosen bold palettes and motifs hoping to embolden a sense of creativity or Read More »

Whiteboard Tables – A Tool for Collaboration

  Google's Zurich Office Spaces As I started my exploration into innovative classroom spaces, I became very inspired by both the design thinking movement and modernization of mega-companies’ Read More »

What Do Students Think?

Before reading this, Read Part 1 As our school moves towards re-designing our learning spaces, the classroom enhancement committee met with representatives from Grade 3 to 5 to hear the Read More »

The ‘Space’ Movement

All across the world, in classrooms just like yours, people are redefining their learning spaces to accommodate the needs of modern learners. Educators and administrators are helping transform educational environments Read More »

Student Buy-In

Having students take ownership of their learning space is crucial in assuring that dynamic environments are used to their full potential. When I overhauled my classroom in August 2013, I made Read More »

Stand Up Stations

Quite a bit of research has been done that supports the idea that brain function is improved when standing up. These studies have concluded that standing and the slight shifting Read More »

Make Space: 4 Learning Teachers Tool Kit

    A short animated video I made explaining the 5 essential spaces in classrooms. For more details check out the '5 Essential Spaces' section!     See Read More »