Offices all over the country and world have changed to increase collaboration. Many workplaces now feature architecture that encourages connection, teamwork, and conversation. To prepare students for the world of the future, we want our classrooms to allow for the same kind of collaboration.
Classrooms on our new campus will feature additional flexibility, creating spaces for groups of different sizes. There are small breakout spaces throughout the building so groups of students can learn collectively, and still within sight of a teacher. Some examples of what might happen in the smaller breakout spaces include activities like book groups, math explorations, independent work, or collaborative work on a group presentation. A teacher might also pull a group of students into a smaller breakout space to re-teach a concept or provide a lesson that extends the current concept for students who are ready for more depth.
There is also the ability to open the space to bring all students in a grade band together for large group activities. Classrooms might be opened for visitors or guest speakers to make whole group presentations to students, or for a grade band SPARK night. Head of School Morva McDonald sums it up this way: “In a traditional classroom with four walls, you’re restricted by those four walls. We won’t just have four walls, we have a bunch of walls that can open and close, so we can make space fit what matches our goals for student learning, rather than the space dictating what we can do.”