Creating Our Learning Environment Part 1: The Learning Wall

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I think it will become apparent that learning cannot be turned off, that given a rich environment, learning becomes like the air—it’s in and around us.

— Sandra Dodd

The learning wall is a large part of our learning environment. For more in our series on building our learning space, please click here.

When I think of the importance of a rich learning environment, I think of Pixar. Have you ever seen photos of Pixar’s office space?

It looks like a dreamland of curiosity and wonder. No wonder they are able to make such magical films as Toy Story, Wall-E, and Finding Nemo. Pixar’s offices show the importance of building an environment that brings out the excitement and values of the people using that space.

Here at Armada, we also believe in the value of creating a space that provides a nurturing environment for young learners. We have several unique tools and techniques that have lead us to the current version of the Base.

One of the central ways Felix organizes his learning and long term goals is through building and using a learning wall. The learning wall is a fantastic tool that anybody can use to help them achieve their goals.

The learning wall anchors a learner, orients him toward his goals, and helps him put first things first by setting long, medium, and short term goals. The learning wall helps a learner to make weekly and daily plans which allows him to be self-guided, autonomous, and productive. Even us adult mentors half-jokingly wish we had our own learning walls.

The learning wall also sparks creativity by having a place for questions, ideas, challenges, and problems that pop up during the learning process. Just like us as learners, the learning wall is in a state of constant revision and growth.

Check out this video of Felix explaining the evolution of his learning wall from his portfolio.

You can also set up your own learning wall for your kids! The most important work is setting goals with your learner. Then you break down the goals into shorter term targets of three months, one month, and one week.

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