Space design has run off the rails. It is become the equivalent of having three carts before the horse in too many classrooms. Neat, fancy and cute have been become the norm, but the reality is that decorating classrooms can actually have a negative effective on learning. For many, space design isn’t about accelerating modern learning, but about refreshing furniture so that everything has wheels. We have also reached a point where teachers feel guilty because their classroom doesn’t have the Pinterest-pretty pop of the classroom adjacent to them, and this guilt creates a distraction and time suck from facilitating amazing learning.
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