Designer Drinks a success

A lively and enthusiastic group gathered at The Doncaster Hotel in Kensington on Monday evening. Eight people turned up which I was really pleased with. The event was publicised via Twitter, G+ and email with many people responding very positively to the idea but were unfortunately unable to attend.

Designer DrinksThe group consisted of two secondary education advisers, an early childhood specialist, three primary class teachers, a full time uni student and a retired ex-teacher/intrepid traveller. Two people were unknown to me prior to this meeting!

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 10.55.42 amThe focus of the discussion was on learning spaces. Many aspects of this exciting topic were discussed. The Twitter feed shows some of the questions (but I didn’t feel comfortable tweeting too much as it was a very engaging face-to-face discussion).

Some of the topics discussed:

  • Have you seen an awesome space you are inspired by?
  • Campfires, Watering holes, caves, mountain tops and sandpits
  • What comes first – the space or the pedagogy?
  • What is one thing you would like to try in your learning space?
  • Have you made a small change that has had a positive impact on the use of a space
  • What is a trouble spot in your learning spot? – crowdsource fixing it.
  • Do we need a chair and desk for every child? Do we need a “front of the room”?

Some of the ideas generated:

  • Sheer curtaining to separate spaces
  • kids tents
  • whiteboards cut and adhered to backs of bookshelves which are then arranged to make small group spaces
  • furniture on wheels for ease of movement
  • get outside
  • virtual spaces for mountain top sharing e.g. blogs

One of the teachers came with a request for help in setting up a shared breakout space adjacent to K,1 & 2 classrooms. Overwhelming response was to involve all teachers, as well as groups of children from the classes, in brainstorming ideas to be tried before spending big $$$ on mistakes. Reimagine old furniture, IKEA for cheaper options to use in the trial of space design. It was also suggested that finding other options for the storage of 90 backpacks was essential.

Some responses from the group:


I have left comments on Deborah’s, Margo’s and Graham’s blogs



Designer Drinks: Learning Spaces

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 2.27.30 pmThis is a first for me – putting out an invite with no idea of who, if anyone, will turn up. I will try to drag along a couple of colleagues to keep me company.

Hopefully I can have people join via Twitter with #learningspaces and #inf536  Today’s Meet if they can’t join me in person.

I had never heard of Creative Mornings, so was surprised that it is a “thing”. I didn’t use the term in my flyer because I didn’t think people would know what it was and I also didn’t want people to think they had to be “creative” to come along.

Well, my invitation is out and  I will hold my breath and see what happens.