Set the tone for a creative learning environment by giving students creative control over their homeroom. Empower students to modify the layout of desks, walls, and cubbies, and give them the freedom to decorate their open space.
The physical environment that surrounds us plays a large role in how we think, learn, and work. So why is it that students are placed into standardized classrooms, separated into rows and columns of desks, and stuck with decorations that reflect the teachers' personal history and tastes?
My hypothesis is that kids need some creative control over their learning environment in order to foster creative confidence. I believe we can achieve this by empowering students to modify and decorate their own homerooms and create an
open space that reflects the creative identity of the students.
In urban planning,
open space is a natural and cultural resource
that is unmarred by planned development. Let's apply that principle to the classroom.