Sitting still does not mean learning (It is time for school redesign)

I am a blogger for the Balancing Act on the Lifetime Channel and enjoy watching their many videos on learning. Yes, each session does have a vendor (this one is Virco talks about the Zrock rocking chair) on the piece, however, I had to share this one that I totally agree with that shows and talks about the redesign of schools from furniture, to making them green, to use.

At the beginning of this video, the speaker says:

“Sitting still does not mean learning.”

I have students all the time who lean back (and break) my regular “four on the floor” chairs because they lean back. I am a leaner and like to lean back as well. In this clip, they have a school that bought these “rocking chair” style chairs for their students and it totally warms my heart to see the students rocking. They need this!

In the Flat Classroom book, we talk about in Chapter 7: Choice – giving students choices. I believe students need choices. Ewan McIntosh shares in the book his 7 spaces  in schools about how we have to redesign schools. A conversation in South Africa at the Microsoft Partners in Learning conference opened my eyes to the fact that we need to design for learning and choice from the ground up. We don't need typical desks any more for what we're trying to do.

(See his 7 spaces of technology in schools vimeo video below.)

The Seven Spaces of Technology in School Environments from Ewan McIntosh on Vimeo.

I also love the green school they show at the end that is completely sustainable and creates its own electricity and water.

IF you're looking at what school design needs to be, this video segment is an excellent opportunity to look at some schools and ideas.

Adding this to my Big Little Thing #6: Look at your school from the chairs out.

Note: Although I blog for the lifetime channel, I am NOT a paid endorser of anyone or anything and have complete editorial control over what I write. Lifetime and I exchange links and if I receive products I will always disclose that according to the Bloggers code of ethics (see the bottom of my blog.) For those of you new to my blog, I want to be transparent about any relationships I have.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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