Got up this morning to see a Twitter conversation between my Superintendent, Pam Moran, and a friend, Ann Leaness about setting up a flickr account to show pictures of everyone’s schools. The idea was to be able to look at the diversity of buildings around the world, gathered in one Flickr account. Cool idea, cool connecting, and a great place to take kids to have conversations about what they currently look like and what they should look like.
Last week Pam sent me this link, New Line Learning Plaza, from her Scotland buddies. I have some of these employees as parents in my school, so we are sharing links about learning spaces. (About 20 years ago, they designed the school in which I currently teach.) My principal is meeting with them soon to see what we can do to bring our building, our learning spaces, our grounds into the world in which we live, setting up spaces that help change how students and teachers interact.
Today is a day that educators and people who care about education are being asked to blog for real Education reform and post the links to their blogs here. Jason posted his recent blog post and I posted a past post called A Challenge to ACT. I challenge each Catalyst to add a link to one of their posts as well.
But really, my challenge today is to take those picture of schools that Pam and Ann are collecting and have your students dream. Then share what they tell you. Show them the you tube video above and the videos on the VMDO Architects site and heave them dream about what school building SHOULD be like–what kinds of learning spaces do we need? Pam blogs here about getting rid of our factory schools and say “our only charter should be radical invention.” So, let’s ask our students to dream and share.
I challenge you to act–to share some forward thinking spaces with them and then to get their ideas–and share them with all of us so we can have plenty of ideas to share with our decision makers! Perhaps we’ll be able to build some incredible spaces!