I've come across some interesting ideas by a Canadian educator, Konrad Glogowski, especially his idea of classrooms as third places. Here's a presentation he gave that describes his approach to creating third places for learning:
It's a long presentation, but if you watched it all, then I think you'll see that we in this class have been intuitively following some of the guidelines for creating an inviting learning space. Well, at least I think it's inviting. Some of you may disagree, and if you do, then please blog about it. I need to hear from you.
Anyway, Glogowski follows the work of American urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg in describing third places as:
- informal public places where people can gather & interact;
- places that host the regular, voluntary, informal, & happily anticipated gatherings of individuals beyond the realms of home & work; &
- pubs, cafés, coffeehouses, piazzas, squares, etc.