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From Caves to Campfires
Posted 09/04/2019 02:59PM

Innovative Learning Spaces

Sara Rubinstein, Assistant Head of School for Academics and Upper School Head, once attended a school design seminar where the facilitator said that all great schools have four types of spaces for learning: campfires, caves, watering holes, and mountain tops.

Learning Spaces

Over this past summer, the CDS Innovation Department, funded in part by the Class of 2019 senior gift, added to the Upper School's stock of learning spaces by reenvisioning some of the nooks and crannies in the US student lounges and hallways. Now students have plenty of caves for quiet study in the form of the homey Nook, complete with ambient lighting. The watering hole game room is a great place for both studying on giant bean bag or a quick game of Scrabble or Lite-Brite during one of our intentional brain breaks scheduled into each academic day. Students ready to hear each other’s presentations at the campfire-inspired u-shaped collaborative table can synch their computers up to the large flat screen and benefit from each other’s ideas and feedback. With all of their new spaces for productive study and comfortable socializing, we know our Patriots are going to have one of their best years yet.

Game Room  Study Nooks
Collaborative Table Senior Lounge

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Thank you to Sara Rubinstein, Assistant Head of School for Academics and Upper School Head, for contributing this article.

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