What if we were designing learning spaces where kids would develop and sustain personal understanding? Empathy? Collaborative competencies? Social-emotional learning?
(Creating collective social efficacy in a school community)
What if thinking in every way possible — collaborative, creative, logical, analytical, effectual, entrepreneurial — became a key end in mind for curricula, assessment, and pedagogy?
(Thinking through solutions in a design and build project)
What if we stopped designing spaces for decontextualized, content acquisition but rather designed for contextualized, transdisciplinary learning experience?
(Setting up bee hives for environmental studies, Photo courtesy of @munseyclass )
What if we designed learning spaces so that children grow up to thrive not just survive in the rising Age of Smart Machines? What if we created curricula to educate our young people for life, not school?
(Sharing sound studio skills at Entrepreneurial Showcase)
What if our goals, outcomes, expectations of learning were not, at their worst, painful or, at their least, limiting and inconsequential?
(Creating from music improv to tiny house construction)
What would change if our group purpose instead became democratization of learning so that children could access time, tools, expertise, and space to grow from their curiosity, interests, passion, and joy?
(Working on a personal project in the hacker space)
What if we designed spaces in which our young people inspire us to become better educators for them?
(Teens design and run a Youth Summit to share talents, projects, design challenges and solutions)
What if we designed spaces where contemporary children get to change the stories we tell about our own schooling? What if their narrative became stories of the power of their agency, voice, and influence as learners?
(Teens participating in School Board work session discussion on what they personally value about learning experiences)
What might the soul of learning become for those who teach, live, and learn together in this century’s learning spaces — if we made it our core work to make sense of these questions?