Learning Spaces that Inspire

Inspired is not a word often used to describe classroom architecture. Beige, boxy and bland are probably more appropriate descriptors. Luckily, lots of teachers are experts at turning unremarkable rooms into cozy, colorful spaces where students feel stimulated and comfortable. Just for fun, though, I scoured the web and rounded up some truly unique learning spaces. Even if you teach in a less exceptional room, perhaps these spaces will serve as new inspiration for you today. Enjoy.

One-of-a-Kind Art Tower

Source: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/mr-spitzers-art-tower-creative-workspace-tour-177321

Mr. Spitzer, an art teacher in Denver, was inspired to relocate his classroom to a space in the school that was previously used for storage. Gaining permission through a written proposal, he was able to repurpose the school’s tower and create a well-lit, multi-level workspace that is visually stimulating to his high school students. Read about the project and see more pictures at Apartment Therapy.

Open Air Teaching

Source: http://www.greenschool.org/gallery/


Ever dream of teaching abroad for a year? For most American teachers, Green School in Bali, Indonesia would be a completely new experience. The school’s focus on sustainability is as unique as its outdoor classrooms. To check out more of the school’s distinctive architecture, visit Green School’s website.

Wide Open Spaces

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/a-group-of-schools-in-sweden-is-abandoning-classrooms-entirely-2012-1

Sweden often makes international headlines for outside-the-box movements within their education system. Recently opened Telefonplan School in Stockholm is no exception. You won’t find any classrooms in the school, just a variety of open spaces and furniture designed to encourage discussion among students. For more pictures and information on this non-traditional school, browse Business Insider’s feature on Tlefonplan School.

Do these learning spaces have you looking at your classroom from a new perspective?

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