2020 CAE Spring Conference
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the AIA Committee on Architecture for Education has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Committee on Architecture for Education Spring Conference, April 26-29 in Minneapolis. Learn more >
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Learning from the Best:
The Great Teachers Project
It’s become a cliché of education planning: The call to rethink the classroom in an age of rapid technological change.
Education space planners and designers are most focused on the interaction of students with technology and each other. The most highly trained expert in the classroom is primarily seen as a facilitator of a process that occurs between students and media. Decisions about the layout, capabilities, and character of the classroom environment are often being made without the primary involvement of the people who will most closely know and use the space.
Something is being missed.
It’s time to pause the technological arms race in education to listen to the experts: the great teachers who have been recognized by their students and peers as the most inspiring communicators. We seek to divert the stream of architecture for education towards the needs of the most effective teachers.
The Great Teachers Project, in coordination with the American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education, is establishing a dialogue with the educators most acclaimed for their classroom skills. The may teach engineering, literature, or law. They may teach four or four hundred students at a time. They might teach a lab, lecture, or facilitate conversation in seminar. They may use chalk, slides, video, or nothing at all. They may be long-tenured faculty, or young lecturers.
We seek to answer one basic question: How can planning and design for education support, enhance, and extend the techniques of the very best educators?
We are reaching out to a selected group of recognized elite educators for focused interviews on how the built environment affects their craft. This is not a poll of all opinions - we are seeking qualitative data from experts.
The product of the Great Teachers Project will be:
University of Cambridge
Sir Isaac Newton is an English physicist and mathematician who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific revolution. His book Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica ("Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy"), first published in 1687, laid the foundations for classical mechanics. Newton made seminal contributions to optics, and he shares credit with Gottfried Leibniz for the development of calculus.
My ideal classroom is….
My biggest obstacle to teaching is….
In the future I hope that….
I don’t understand why planners and architects….
Q. How are you defining 'great teachers'? Is this due to an institution's recognition or some other process?
Q. If by institutional process, and as these are often culturally established, will you develop a synthesized taxonomy of the qualities of a great teacher?
I think it will be important for us to have an operationalized description of traits or expertise that describes this entity before we know how to ask questions about space.