Friday, July 20, 2012

Shoeless Leanring Spaces

Professor Stephen Heppell has a lot to say about educational environments. He thinks that shoeless classrooms or schools are a good idea:

Shoeless Learning Spaces

He raises some reasons why they are a good idea:

- the children seem simply to behave better - perhaps it becomes more like home, or for some there is something quite sacred about taking shoes off. The noise is quieter, gentler as children circulate;
- carpets are much cleaner - and children are much more willing to sit on floors - less furniture makes for a less crowded space too;
- teachers do not end up arguing about the "right kind" of shoes ("no trainers!" - - "but sir, it's not a trainer!!")

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