Laura and Danielle, our talented design consultants from TMP Architecture, have become like family to us over the past couple of weeks. We have seen them often, and trust their expertise in helping us design the best possible classrooms within our budget. Once again, they came out Thursday night to meet with teachers, and refine their designs, determining priorities to help them stay within the budget. Saturday each teacher met with us and chose the colors and finishes for each different element of their design.
.Another thing that has been very interesting is the number of teachers who have already begun implementing ideas they now have as a result of the process. Teachers have removed and rearranged pieces of furniture and have begun passing some ownership and voice along to students. Some are also reinventing the classroom they currently have to provide more choices for students. For example, Rachael already has students who sit at a bar (also known as low built-in with shelves removed) along a window while working. The teachers noted the students' strong need to connect to nature in class, and Rachael's class has a front row seat.
Before parting ways Thursday meeting, and to help close the second phase of our process, we asked teachers to write a Six Word Memoir to summarize their journey so far. Below are a few of the thoughtful reflections (and mine is to the right).