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ERIC Number: ED507919
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May-17
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
A Design that Inspires All. Education by Design: Part III
Theimer, James E.
DesignShare (NJ1)
Too many schools are still being built today as warehouses with windows; they get the job done on some minimal level, but beyond that, they simply do not excite the children who spend a great deal of their lives within their walls. Creating an environmentally friendly building is important, but that's only part of the equation. The author and his colleagues asked the students at Redding School of the Arts from kindergarten up to eighth grade what was important to them and the words they used were exciting, fun, comfortable, fun, unique, and fun. Kids want a place that stimulates them all the time. The teachers agreed but added a few new words such as flexibility in their teaching environment and storage to the list. Parents of course added safety. These wants were addressed through features such as: classrooms with primary learning areas and adjacent spaces for small group learning; projectors and large screen TVs that can broadcast within the class or to another school; retractable rolling stages for student performance; hallways designed as "learning streets"; four thematic cafes in place of the cafeteria; and an outdoor area that provides a balance between creative play and unstructured open spaces. [This article is the third part of a three-article series. For Part I, see ED507918. For Part II, see ED507920.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: DesignShare