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The Space: A Guide For Educators Paperback – June 8, 2016
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The Space provides fabulous provocation as well as thoughtful advice for implementation. I couldn't quit turning the pages and taking notes for immediate action. Bob and Rebecca balance philosophy with practicality, giving me the book I need spark my relationship with my incoming students and remember what really matters when it comes to learning in our spaces.
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We are creating a makerspace at our elementary school and I was looking for inspiration and guidance. This book has helped me think about what and why we are creating the space - for our students/learners - and therefore how important it is to keep them in mind and, better yet, involve them in the design process. After all, it will be there space - a space for them to broaden and grow their learning so it should be a space where they want to be.
The Space gives great guidance into the design process and ways to help you make your space - classroom, library, makerspace - a positive and engaging place; short snippets of things to think about; examples of what the space can look like; and then offers ideas of the "stuff" you and your students might want to have in your space that inspires and invites creativity, problem-solving, and collaboration.
I would, and have, recommended this book to others. You can be new to creating a creative space or you can be experienced and just looking for ways to offer more for your learners.
But the book was not only designed in a way that was pleasing to the eye, it really got me thinking. I kept reflecting on my classrooms over the years and I could see how some of the classroom worked and others didn't. How often did I put the room together to make it easier for me as a student instead of focusing on my students' learning and designing a space to meet those needs.
Anyone that has a say in learning spaces, from teachers to librarians to building admins, please take the time to read this book. It is a deep but easy read.