Hetland and Winner talk about designing the social environment, “Teachers not only design the physical space, they also design informal and sometimes more formal ways that students interact with one another and with teachers to create a social climate that nurtures learning” (16). I wonder if this is something that public school teachers think about in classes today. It seems to me that discipline and classroom management are seen as more important to teachers I talk to.
I think that, probably more specifically with art teachers, but some teachers must do. Designing how students interact in a social climate can be as simple as creating a seating plan or giving students the choice of where to sit. This will intrinsically alter the 'design' of the room, alongside the physical design of the room etc.
I wonder how many teacher allow or can allow for individual personal and physical space when working with large classes, especially in the Art room, since that then could create problems thinking about the students interactions and group dynamic. I think this is much harder in a creative setting.
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