At Elizabeth Rummel School we’ve been envisioning a learning commons for quite some time. Check out this video we made in 2011.
Recently, we received a CIP (Community Initiatives Program) grant, time, and the go-ahead to make it happen. We are trying to make this a process of inquiry and learning, by staying open to possibilities. Though we have a vision, we are not focused on a final product or endpoint. Once we finish the current work, we know our question will be, what next?
We’ve been using some references to help us with the physical design of the space. They are:
Doorley, S. & Witthoft, S. (2012). Make space: How to set the stage for Creative Collaboration. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Groves, K. & Knight, W. (2010). I wish I worked there: A look inside the most creative spaces in business. West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons.
In reading the Groves and Knight book, I found that many of the work areas featured in the book have flexible spaces . . .
- that bring in light and natural elements
- for quiet reflection
- for small group collaboration
- for recording and sharing of ideas
- for making, tinkering, and play
We’re trying to keep those ideas in mind when planning the space. In the spirit of collaboration, our wish is to open our minds to possibilities. We invite the world to lead or follow, or both.