Design Your Own School: Problem Based Learning with a design twist.
If you dropped by Ms Iafrate’s Grade 6 classroom, you’d be forgiven if you thought you were at conference on innovation in education. Big ideas were flying around the room for ways to improve learning environments. The students were presenting their designs for their own middle schools with the focus on these questions: What is school for? What is it designed to do and how can it be improved? Using the programme floorplanner.com, students tackled designs for individual spaces around a school such as the library, science classrooms, rooftop gardens and storage spaces. Many of the ideas centred on using renewable energy, making spaces open and bright and ensuring each room was accessible for all. Students were also in charge of naming their school and designing a logo and mascot. The project was part of the Problem Based Learning class that all students take as part of our Grade 6 programme.