Innovative Learning Spaces And Creative Design Elements To Make School More Fun
We all went to school at some point in our lives and what is the image that comes to your mind when thinking about a school and its structure? A massive building with a huge corridor, which was not well illuminated, and a notice board, which was difficult to notice. The classrooms had not-so welcoming doors and all looked the same. The playground and cafeteria were non-descriptive too with maybe a few colourful elements put in to stop from making the place look drab and resemble ‘Hogwarts’.
A school should be an inviting structure since children spend a major part of their day as well as their growing up years there. There must be a lot of thought given to making the place a nurturing, learning space for the kids where their brains will get constantly stimulated whether it is for science, geography, history, chemistry, physics, literature, languages, art, sports and everything and anything in between.
The design of the school makes a lot of difference in creating the right kind of environment and mindset for students. The education system and learning methods have seen a vast improvisation and constant innovation, then why should the actual school structure be left behind?
Designing the school to make it more appealing and innovative
Let us start with the hallways which haven’t seen a change in all of these years. In fact, hallways are not given a serious thought even though as per statistics, students spend close to 30 per cent of their time in the hallway. The only purpose of the place up until now has been to facilitate the movement of students from one class to another and to access their lockers.
To change things a little would be to buy lockers in brighter hues or add colour to the hallways to brighten up the place or maybe have a different space for lockers rather than all in a vertical line. Hallways can be made into a more open space where students can probably display their work or get inspired by that of others. In fact, a school in Denmark has the head of the school’s office right in the centre of the hallways, sans any walls thus letting students go up to him whenever they feel the need and allowing for a more open design instead of the typical ‘factory style’ setup.
The teachers and students together should pool in their ideas and thoughts to change the design of the classroom or what changes can be inculcated to make it an innovative and happy place. Classrooms can be designed on a central theme, a different one for each class. Basic changes such as adding more colour and openness to the room in the form of windows or ventilation can also make a sea of difference. In fact handful of radical schools are doing away with the traditional classroom confined within the four walls and making teaching a more open environment process where children can feel at ease and choose to learn in a comfortable setting.
With teaching methods seeing a lot of change in terms of applying technology or making it more interactive or more hands-on, the school design should also support these changes with being a more innovative, comfortable, open learning environment.