A conventional classroom usually only provides enough space for one activity at a time with minimal ability to modify the spatial configuration. It is typically filled with furniture that is not easily configured to accommodate different learning opportunities and is uniformly lit. Furniture is usually positioned for students to be focused on one wall with one teacher at the front of the room.
In addition to a whole-class gathering area, Learning Studios can be designed to have multiple activity zones, including an active zone, breakout areas, and flex spaces. These zones can be achieved through L-shaped rooms, alcoves, and/or cave spaces. To ensure adequate flexibility is maintained, use a variety of movable furniture to make the room easily reconfigurable. Provide natural light from interior/exterior vistas.
Related Patterns Cave Space, Learning Suite, Learning Commons, Learning Community
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