180: Thrive

For more than a century, the physical layout of American schools has been as consistent as any feature in public life. Although the world around us has been in a constant state of flux, we have always been able to depend on a familiar set of symbols in our schools: neat, orderly rows of student desks… teachers delivering lessons to an entire group of children… lockers in the hallways… bell schedules… the list could go on.

But what if those timeworn structures of schooling prevent us from modernizing education for a changing world? What if, in fact, the physical environment is – after parents and peers – the “third teacher” for students?

180: Thrive provides a window into one school’s efforts to directly tackle those questions, and do so in a way that results in a deeper alignment between what we know about how people learn – actively, collaboratively, differently – and how our schools are physically structured. It is intended to spark useful broader thinking about the relationship between a school’s physical environment and its students’ emotional readiness to learn.

Thrive is a 180 production co-directed by Rob English and Sam Chaltain.


Tweet it: In order to reimagine learning, we must also reimagine the physical space of “school” – but how? Here’s one real life example. #DeeperLearning #FutureforLearning Watch: https://futureforlearning.org/180-thrive

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