On social media, at conferences, and EdCamps, I've heard a lot of talk surrounding learning spaces and redesigned classrooms. I've even toured a local high school to see how they redesigned several classrooms to serve as flexible learning environments. Walking through the high school, I was pleased to see they not only redesigned classrooms, but also the teacher's lounge. Our guide explained "Having classrooms that contain multipurpose furniture, collaboration spaces, production, and creation zones is great, but if you want teachers to truly embrace these unique classrooms, you need to provide a redesigned professional learning space for them to utilize as well." Their teacher's lounge included tables and chairs that could be rearranged, a Media Scape Station for PLC collaborations, whiteboards, and posters encouraging Twitter use.
Perhaps it's the Instructional Coach in me, but as the tour concluded and I headed back to my building, I continued to think about the teacher's space, and pondered what I would include if I had the chance to design an inspiring learning space for teachers. My list included the following:
What would you include in an inspiring learning space for teachers? Also, if you've encountered a redesigned or inspirational professional learning space, I'd love to hear about your experience!