UNC-Charlotte’s School of Architecture building has a graduate student lounge where students can work at any point during the day. The author as well as other members of this studio, often frequent this space to work during the school day. I was curious to know what it is about this small space that makes it a haven for productivity on campus considering it’s minimal size. In discussing the location with other students it has become a “hotel” of sorts for grad students who have their studios at the Center City Building in Uptown Charlotte. Part of the success of this room is the potential to minimize mechanical lighting. One of the greatest limitations is it is difficult to move the furniture. The “comfy” chairs are incredibly heavy and the unused bookcase takes up an entire wall. The students would prefer more flexible furniture and something of a chalk wall to work out design ideas for others to see and comment. To see more click here:
Jacqui and I researched books that discussed learning and the brain. Our presentations were formatted using MindMaps, but we never determined how to get the interactive version of this data on the blog. Below is the textual information from our research with the website links. It will open as a word document. We are hoping to figure out how to get our information up here either on a prezi site or other method.
Learning and Brain Textual Data with Links Embed
Jacqui and Christina
High Tech High is a charter school in California that was founded in 2001 by a collaboration of professionals and teachers. The school’s teaching method is based off the theory that a student learns more through experience than regular lecturing. Collaboration is a key core concept of the school’s philosophy. Collaboration between students, although incredibly valuable, is not the only means for learning transfer; collaboration between the community and the school is crucial. Not only does the school pride itself on how it teaches students, but it also values educating its teachers. For more information check out the presentation: HighTechHigh
School’s Website: http://www.hightechhigh.org
Online Portfolio: http://www.whatkidscando.org/archives/portfoliosmallschools/HTH/portfolios.html
Architect’s Website: http://www.studioearchitects.com/#!__hth-chula-vista
Topic: Traditional Learning Environments
Argument: Traditional Learning Environments lack means to engage students
Current learning environments are insufficient because they lack ways of engaging their students. The model of having a teacher lecturing towards a large class for hours at time is flawed because there is minimal interaction with the other senses. Studying neuroscience determines connections between engaging multiple senses and its impact on memory, as well as suggests methods for how to modify classroom environments to support different learning styles. While modifying the physical environment is important, it is equally important to re-teach our teachers. Taking High Tech High as a precedent for a successful model of engaging learning and educating their teaching staff, can this model be scaled up and adapted to larger public school systems?
At the beginning of the semester, we were asked to research either a learning theory or a learning theorist. While several groups researched theory, we chose to look at a particular theorist. B. F. Skinner was a behavioral psychologist who developed a theory that influenced modern American schools. To learn more please read the full presentation: Learning Theorist B. F. Skinner.