JLS Middle School Flexible Classroom: Katie and Manmeet
Assumptions about ways learners interact with the space:
- Students – use a microphone while giving a speech, move furniture to set up the room, set up the screen projector, store their backpacks while using the space, form cliques and sit with friends, clean up after use
- Teachers – reserve the space for use, decide furniture orientation, organize and instruct students to maintain order or encourage participation, ensure student safety and foresee trip hazard, ensure proper ventilation and sunlight for student and self comfort, monitor all students (10 to 100),
- Parents – Bring in food when volunteering to host events, help clean up the space, ensure student order
Almost all the assumptions about interactions mentioned above can be explored using experience prototype. We plan to design two experience prototypes with the help of 6 volunteers who would be assigned to role play. The play would consist of 4 students, 1 teacher and 1 parent.
The prototype would require the teacher instructing students to rearrange the room in order to conduct a class activity. As middle school children the students would follow instructions but not diligently. All students would work at different pace, would have different attention level and would show a natural tendency to talk among themselves. Next a small class activity such as practicing oratory skills or spelling bee would be performed.
After the classroom activity, the parent would try organizing a lunch session for a group of 100 students (prototyped by 4 students) and later help clean up the space.
Through this experience prototype we would gain a better understanding of the challenges experienced by a teacher, frustration and restlessness experienced by a student and anxiety experienced by a parent. This would help us designers gain empathy for the space users and consider user needs while redesigning the space.