Sunday, January 13, 2013

Guidelines for Designing Learning Spaces

Note the fixed features and plan accordingly.
1. Remember that the audiovisual center and computers need an electrical outlet.
2. Keep art supplies near the sink, small-group work by a blackboard or whiteboard.
Create easy access to materials and a well-organized places to store them.

1. Make sure materials are easy to reach and visible to students.
2. Have enough shelves so that materials do not have to be stacked.
Provide students with clean, convenient surfaces for studying.
1. Put bookshelves next to the reading area, games by the game table.
2. Prevent fights by avoiding crowded work spaces.
Avoid dead spaces and "racetracks".
1. Do not have all of the interest areas around the the outside of the room, leaving a large dead space in the middle.
2. Avoid placing a few items of furniture right in the middle of this large space, creating a racetrack around the furniture.

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