How much choice do you have?

Students have little choice in how and where they spend their school day. I ask them to design the classroom to fit their needs.

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My architecture class starts with all the furniture pushed into the middle of the room. We then follow the design process so that students can arrange the room to best fit their needs: "HMW design the classroom to maximize the space for functionality and encourage a community atmosphere while also creating a unique aesthetic?" We also talk a lot about how classrooms and schools are designed and wonder why students don't have a voice in it. The class tackles one large school space every semester: the library, learning commons, lunchroom. All are opportunities for students' voices to be heard and for them to be empowered.   

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Students have little voice or choice in the spaces they inhabit every day.

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Did students study the history of educational room design and relationship to the industrial revolution?  

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