Lately, it seems I’ve been involved in many conversations about the need for quiet work and reflection spaces. It seems that in our busy world, we all need them. We’ve tried to incorporate this idea into our Learning Commons plan, by using small areas under the staircases that lead up to the mezzanine. We plan to move the bookshelf, and set the space up as a quiet work area.
“Hiding places offer a crucial respite from an open, collaborative environment. The more extroverted the work space, the more you need these spots of passive, dark yin amid the swaths of hyperactive, brightly lit yang” (Doorley & Witthoft, p.132).
Part of our work with students will be to guide them in learning how to use the space that best fits their need at the time.
Doorley, S. & Witthoft, S. (2012). Make space: How to set the stage for creative collaboration. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.