C:Dags Professional Development Session 2: Space Race

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This session picked up where our last session left off-on the topic of classroom space.  An ambitious challenge was posed to C:DAGS teachers.  “How can you re-imagine your classroom space to encourage creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking?”  Teachers were asked to observe their students using the classroom space of the course of two weeks and take note of any interesting patterns or obvious challenges.
This “lighting round” 90 minute PD was focused on further demonstrating the D3 Methodology by walking through this spatial challenge step by step.  Teachers first shared their existing classroom spaces and discussed the constraints of dealing with an average class size of over 40 students. They were then asked to create problem statements and define general goals and intended outcomes.  D3 facilitators assisted in helping teachers visualize potential spatial design solutions.
This process generated an interesting dialog that we hope will continue into further PD sessions focused on issues space both within and outside of the C:DAGS campus.  D3 facilitators will begin consulting individually with C:DAGS teachers next week!
This process created an interesting dialog that we hope will continue into further PD sessions focused on spatial issues within and outside the C:DAGS campus.  D3 facilitators will begin consulting individually with C:DAGS teachers next week!

Categories: action, community, design, school transformation, space

Author:thed3lab

The D3 Lab is a collaboration between the Pearson Foundation's New Learning Institute, COMMONstudio design consultancy, and Nightingale Middle School in Los Angeles. It is one part idea lab, one part design and production facility, and one part "do tank." It is a place where students come to nurture and cultivate ideas, tackle big and small problems, and take action.

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