Last week I got to talk with a stellar group of educators about the "dream classroom". DIY’s Designer, Ryan Brock, and I discussed what DIY could look like in the classroom, and we learned that there are some basic barriers many classrooms are blocked by. Since then I’ve been thinking about the ways we can help teachers hack this system. To help us better understand the nitty-gritty, I sent out a poll to 100 teachers who recently expressed an interest in making DIY a part of their classroom. We asked about their ideal classroom, how students learn best, important educator and student qualities, among other things. Based on our findings, I’ve outlined a few qualities I believe DIY contributes to the dream classroom:
I was pleased to find that 90% of those polled choose “hands-on” as a way to describe their ideal classroom. Of course, there are schools (like this one, this one, or this one) already making DIY a part of their classroom culture. But what type of support do teachers need that will make using DIY seem less daunting? Excited by this task, we chose teacher support as our priority for 2014. I’m eager to spend the next year really getting to know the challenges teachers are facing, and coming up with some solutions to make this dream classroom a reality.