Area 59 has launched, and the results have been amazing! In just the first few months, we've seen Area 59 used for brainstorming activities, making student learning visible, filming Tiger Talk, hosting professional learning time, meeting with committees, and much more!
As different teacher and students groups have worked in the space, it has been really exciting to see how the space has been used and changed to meet different needs. We are only at the beginning of exploring flexible spaces, but here are the lessons we've learned from Area 59 so far:
The goal of Area 59 isn't to be "the" flexible learning space at ESHS. Instead, the goal was to start exploring how different spaces can influence how we work and learn and to give everyone a chance to experience it firsthand. Also, while Area 59 was a huge transformation from the traditional classroom, you can start with smaller changes. How can you give your students more choice in where and how they learn in your room? How can you create writable surfaces for your students to make their learning visible?
If you are interested in creating more flexible spaces in your room, there are a lot of resources to draw on, including your instructional coaches and administrators, the #OneThing Innovative Learning Environments team, and online resources like Classroom Cribs. We can't wait to see where we learn next!
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