Imagine LeBron James in a world without a basketball or Serena Williams in a world without tennis racquets, their talents and dreams just sitting on a shelf because they don't have the equipment to help manifest their dreams. Well, that is the life for most of my students. They have big dreams and tons of talent, yet they lack the support and equipment needed to help them reach their goals.
My students are more than kids who receive free and reduced-price lunch and live below the poverty line.
My students are creators, inventors, leaders, and teachers. My students are the future.
The classroom environment should mirror what students will encounter in their future careers. The classroom work space should encourage collaboration, problem solving, creativity, safety, and inclusion. Standard desks situated in rows do not foster these skills. At Google they understand that a productive work space is strengthened through collaboration, promotion of creativity, and the fact that “life at Google is not all work.” What fosters this culture is an unconventional work space design. This project will allow me to bring a collaborative culture like Google's into my classroom.
An alternative classroom work space may seem extreme, but it will benefit my students by creating the perfect space that stimulates creativity and ultimately encourage social interaction.
The materials requested in this project will allow students to choose a work place in which they can be most successful. Students will be able to work while stretched out on the tropical carpet, sitting in a high chair, or even curled up on the folding futon.
An alternative classroom work space is about more than simply having a variety of different, fun seats in the classroom. It’s about utilizing student voice, creating buy-in, heightening collaborative learning, and prioritizing students’ needs concerning the environment in which they learn.
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