& High Performance School Buildings
Philosophy and Qualifications for Planning and Design Services, Fielding/Nair International
school buildings respond to individual learning styles. We may learn
in a group setting, but
the experience of grasping a new concept is an individual
one. Spaces that support small learning groups, variable sized spaces,
and individual work space are key features of a successful learning
features are illustrated in the plan of a new high school shown below.
While we learn individually, we are engaged, stimulated and challenged by a community of learners. Common areas with natural light and furnishings that are easy to rearrange invite small groups of learners to gather. The area shown at right is a part of Yeshiva Elementary, a K-8 school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The space is adjacent to a south-facing atrium and a small kitchen, where students learn to make Challah, a loaf of yeast-leavened egg bread, usually braided, and traditionally eaten by Jews on the Sabbath.
has not adapted the young animal to the narrow desk, the crowded
curriculum, the silent absorption
of complicated facts."
Design for Personalized
Small learning groups
From "Designing a High School for Collaborative Learning," Randall Fielding, 2002
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (photo above)