Students and teachers alike tend to be isolated in conventional classrooms, preventing easy collaboration — both planned and spontaneous. This isolation creates an immense barrier for authentic and cross-disciplinary teaching and learning.
To address this isolation, place an acoustically separated operable opening between two adjacent Learning Studios. This will readily facilitate collaboration between classes when opened while still allowing for separation when desired.
Related Patterns Learning Commons, Learning Studio
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