At Bloomington Public Schools, we believe the design of learning environments play a role in supporting the transformation of instruction toward a student-centered learning experience. As teachers continue to offer students more control over the time, place, path and pace of their learning, physical spaces are equipped to support personalized learning.
Flexibly designed learning spaces support student’s strengths, needs and interests by enabling student voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn best. Flexible learning spaces allow either for students and teachers to move to a distinctive space or reconfigure the existing space to best support student learning goals. For example, students engaging in group collaboration with many materials are best served by a different learning space than a student who is engaged in sustained reading of challenging material.
Architecture & Alternative Facilities
The alternative facilities planning process presents an opportunity to design physical spaces that support student-centered models of instruction. As the interior of each school is updated, it provides BPS with an option to incorporate innovative changes to building spaces that are designed to meet specific instructional goals.
Flexible furnishings promote an active learning environment that provides students with options for movement that increase engagement and support concentration. The ability to swiftly reconfigure furniture into new arrangements encourages students and teachers to explore new settings for learning. When traditional furnishings require replacement, investments in flexible furnishings foster alignment to student-centered methods of instruction.