Fall 2015 - Education Design - Graphic Design - Writing
The Create and Play Collaborative Classroom project centers around improving the middle school experience (MSE).
The deliverable is a physical pop-out book that is a visual representation of a customizable classroom that encapsulates the values of choice, modularity, and play. The book features a dollhouse-style classroom that students and teachers can use to understand what types of learning environments works best for them.
It works in three steps. Step 1: Students dream up what they need in their unique classroom in a brainstorming session. Step 2: Students draw a quick sketch of what they want using dry erase marker on the template white-board classroom provided in the book (or they can draw sketches on their own sheets of paper). Step 3: Students share their new classroom with the rest of the class.
If a student feels as though he or she would benefit from combining math and basketball then the student should be given the agency to build a curriculum around this classroom structure and try it along with other students.
The form of a book was chosen because it is cheap to produce, scalable, and accessible to students. The playful form language of this book was chosen to highlight that these words and ideas exist for the benefit and betterment of middle schoolers and not just teachers. This book can be used as a tool for developing collaborative environments as well as a space for the individual. It also makes the MSE of each student more transparent, allowing for students to share ideas, curriculum, methods of making, and experiences in a physical and meaningful way.
The entire research process on how our team came to this conclusion can be found here!
Blake Greene, 2016