I have been thinking that we need to start calling classrooms “Learning Labs.” Why? Learning labs connotate, at least to me, a place where learning takes place…for students and teachers! You may be asking, “Well, isn’t that what a classroom is?” In my opinion, NO! A classroom, to me, connotates a room with a class. It doesn’t necessarily mean that they are learning. They can just be occupying that room. But, in a learning lab, the students are learning, experimenting, inquiring, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating! The possibilities seem endless!!!! I know it’s just a name, but to me it means so much more than that! It’s also a place for teachers to learn from each other. When teachers open their doors to their colleagues, it becomes a learning lab for them, as well. They are doing the same as the students…learning, inquiring, analyzing, evaluating, and then applying, experimenting, and creating in their own learning labs.
Now, I know that just because we would rename it “learning lab” does not mean that it magically becomes a place where all things “labish” happen! That is solely up to the teacher/lead scientist to make it a learning lab! (That is another blog post!)
Computer LABS and Science LABS are used for these reasons as well, so shouldn’t we rename “classrooms” to “learning labs”?? Don’t you think that the students would not only love it, but have a different perspective about what should and WILL take place in that room/lab? Parents, too!!!!
Tell me what you think!