4D Learning Spaces at Galloway
Providing comfortable seating and furniture is an invitation to the space. Soft furniture is a key component to a good learning space. Students can sit down, relax, and re-align their attention coming from a frantic pace of scheduled classes.
This part of the library space contains a variety of seating and standing options. By having tables at a standing level, students can informally join the conversation, or even stand and work comfortably.
The "Portal" is a 4D space located off of the library. It is frequently used by students and teachers. Shown here is a French class. They have easily rolled the tables and chairs against the wall to accomodate their French conversation skits. The room also contains whiteboards, a projector, and Airplay flat screen. This makes this space flexible and functional for many learning experiences.
David Thornburg postulates that schools essentially need three types of spaces: Campfires, Caves and Watering holes. The Campfire is a place to learn from experts or storytellers. A place for whole-group discussions. Watering Hole is a space for small group discourse and collaboration. And a
Cave is a space for individual study, reflection, quiet reading and creative flow. This space offers a quiet area in the library.
The right furniture, technology, and simple ingenuity can transform a space. Z-racks can be used to create moveable whiteboards that are as large as those found in classrooms. Mini-learning spaces can be created, and, of course, excellent places to make one's thinking visible.