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The Ultimate Classroom

This is the open source design page for creating an all-ages learning space based on the combined principles of Montessori, Waldorf, Orff, Reggio, Multi-IntelligenceBloom’s TaxonomyStudy Tech, and Imagine Wisdom Education. We call this the Ultimate Classroom and it is designed to stimulate ideas for your own educational environment or for use as complete building blueprints and setup plans. These plans will evolve as needed for building a complete Highest Good Education school on the One Community property. The complete school model will start with one non-permanent structure and expand to multiple classrooms as needed. As we develop this first structure and others later, we will use this page to open source share all aspects of the design, development, licensing and permitting, expansion, setup, etc. through multi-media presentations for easy viewing, downloading, duplication, and modification.

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WHAT IS THE ULTIMATE CLASSROOM

The Ultimate Classroom is the physical space (buildings, rooms, etc.) we are designing to host the Highest Good education program. We will open source share the complete design, build, and evolution of this educational space as part of our global transformation and sharing strategy. We are also designing our educational “day” and entire development environment to invite children who demonstrate enough maturity to be safe and proactive to participate in hands-on building and daily operation activities at One Community.

 

WHY THE ULTIMATE CLASSROOM

Open source developingthe ultimate classroom, One Community Kids, enlightened children, children of the future, conscious kids, conscientious kids, kid leaders, leadership and children, children leading the world, sustainable education, Highest Good education, One Community the ultimate learning environment is part of One Community’s strategy for positive and permanent global transformation for The Highest Good of All because we recognize the up-and-coming generations as our future. To support them as best we can is to support ourselves and all that come after us. Designing and free-sharing this classroom is purposed to stimulate ideas for new-paradigm learning and provide a complete and duplicable model for anyone interested in a community operated education model.

 

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KEY CONSULTANTS TO THE ULTIMATE CLASSROOM

Dr. Amber Berg: PhD Eco-applied Psychology
Satyanna Luken: Author, Montessori Teacher, and founder of Imagine Wisdom Education (I-WE)

ULTIMATE CLASSROOM DETAILS

The Ultimate Classroom is designed to include different colored and themed sections representing all the colors of the rainbow (Idea source was I-WE). This is purposed to create a stimulating, captivating, beautiful, and effective learning environment for all ages, covering all traditional subject matter, and a broad diversity of additional subjects and topics too. We will add the actual blueprints, complete design and construction details, pictures, videos, cost analysis, and all other classroom specifics to this page as they become available.

SEVEN THEMED SECTIONS

Red Room, Education for Life, Ultimate Classroom

The red room stands for life, vitality, strength, and physical nature of all things. This themed area will include a climbing and exercising component, percussion instruments, and animal pictures and elements. The subject of Health will also be a focus of this room. See these curriculum sections for ideas related to this room: Mindfulness and Fun, and Interconnectedness and Our Relationship to All Things See also: Health

Orange Room, Education for Life, Ultimate Classroom:

The orange room represents emotional growth and development. It is about understanding and exploring our feelings and responses to experiences and each other. It is also about learning to express feelings through language, art, and dance. The subject of English will also be a focus of this room. See these curriculum sections for ideas related to this room: Diversity, Differences, and Similarities, and Communication and Language Skills See also: English

Yellow Room, Education for Life, Ultimate Classroom

The yellow room is about peaceful leadership, sharing, self esteem, respect for others, self-control, self-discipline, calmness, and initiative. This room will contain collaborative and cooperative tools, toys, and games. The subject of Math will also be a focus of this room. See these curriculum sections for ideas related to this room: Knowledge and WisdomCollaboration and Cooperation, and Sharing, Giving, and Receiving, and Honesty and Integrity See also: Math

Green Room, Education for Life, Ultimate Classroom

The green room is about nature, ecological systems, and our interaction and connection with both. It is also about our connections to one another as parts of the human ecological system, and how these systems are interdependent. The subject of Science will also be a focus of this room. See these curriculum sections for ideas related to this room: Interconnectedness and Our Relationship to All Things and Love, Connection, and Compassion See also: Science

Blue Room, Education for Life, Ultimate Classroom

The blue room stands for communication, empathy, feelings, and the ability to express oneself. This room (along with the indigo room) will contain computers, tablets, and other technology for accessing the internet and multi-media creation. Learning aids and books in this room will focus on communication and multi-media expression. The subject of Technology and Innovation will also be a focus of this room. See these curriculum sections for ideas related to this room: Communication and Language Skills and Community, Family, and Social Skills See also: Technology and Innovation

Indigo Room, Education for Life, Ultimate Classroom

The indigo room represents global and historical perspectives and celebrating diversity. This room (like the blue room) will contain computers, tablets, and other technology for accessing the internet. Learning aids and books in this room will focus on history and different cultures and cultural practices. The subject of Social Science will also be a focus of this room. See these curriculum sections for ideas related to this room: Contribution, Global Perspective, and Social ScienceDiversity, Differences, and Similarities, and Freedom and Celebrating Other Perspectives See also: Social Science

Violet Room, Education for Life, Ultimate Classroom

The violet room represents imagination, self-expression, and personal enrichment. Learning aids in this area will include a stage, costumes, and props. Books in this area will revolve around theater, arts, music, different trade skills, and self development. The subjects of Arts/Music and Trades and Values will also be a focus of this room. See these curriculum sections for ideas related to this room:  Mindfulness and Fun and Collaboration and Cooperation See also: Arts/Music and Trades and Values

 

SOME GENERAL GUIDELINES

Here are some general classroom design guidelines from our research into the most prominent progressive education methodologies in the world:

  • Keep the central space open
  • Related book section in each colored area (Idea source was I-WE)
  • Provide a variety of bean bags and other comfortable places for sitting
  • It is important to fill you classroom with plants and natural light (Idea source was Reggio)
  • Natural toys without paint etc. are preferable so kids can use their imagination more (Idea source was Waldorf)
  • Natural containers and building materials are preferable to plastic and other synthetics (Idea source was Waldorf)
  • Place books for younger learners at lower levels and books for older learners at higher levels (Idea source was I-WE)
  • Rooms are work/learning environments with a central circle being the ‘creation’ area (Idea source was Bloom’s Taxonomy)
  • Use theme-colored curtains and cabinets to cover toys and reduce distraction when they’re not in use (Idea source was I-WE)
  • Specialty classrooms such as the “Health Zone/romper room” and “Practical Living Area” (red room); “Reading Nook” and a “Communication and Sharing Zone” (orange room), “Collaboration and Cooperation Zone” (yellow room); “Science Lab” (green room); “Computer Lab” and “Inventors Workshop” (blue room); “Global Perspective and History Zone” (indigo room), “Art and Expression Zone” and a theater stage (violet room), etc. all offer exposure starting at preschool (Idea source was Reggio)
  • As much area as is possible and safe to allocate around the building is also part of “the classroom.” This will include a fountain with fish, other farm-type animals if appropriate, an organic garden with a small greenhouse, a big playground with a diversity of climbing and imagination-stimulating components, sandboxes, tunnels, and space to run and play (Idea source was I-WE)

SOME SPECIFIC LEARNING AREAS TO CONSIDER

R: Red Room | O: Orange Room | Y: Yellow Room | G: Green Room | B: Blue Room | I: Indigo Room | V: Violet Room

  • Central Gathering Space: Class gathering and learning circle (Idea source was Reggio)
  • R: Indoor Health & Exercise Area: An indoor area designed for exercise and physical activity
  • B: Inventor’s Area: An area designated for ongoing (days or weeks) building and creation projects
  • O: Communication and Sharing Area: An area purposed for sharing feelings through language, art, and dance
  • Y: The Peace Table: Conflict resolution table and area to engage in thoughtful conversation (Idea source was Montessori)
  • V: Kitchen Area: With real bowls etc. to teach handling fragile objects… and cleaning up if they break (Idea source was Montessori)
  • R: Practical Living Area: An area designated for learning to use your hands: tools, sew, fold, button, etc. (Idea source was Montessori)
  • G: Earth Area: Including plants and other living things taken care of by the class – may be outside (Idea source was Multi-Intelligence)
  • O: Reading Nook: Specific space designed for quiet reading: rocking chair, reading lamp, bookshelf, beanbags (Idea source was Montessori)
  • I: Global Perspectives and History Zone: An area designed for exploring and sharing what kids learn about different cultures and perspectives
  • V: Artistic Creativity Area: Specifically for art, music, and dancing (by mirror and Montessori dress-up clothes?) (Idea source was Waldorf)
  • All of One Community will be a learning and collaboration environment for young people mature enough to participate in its components

SOME ADDITIONAL IDEAS TO CONSIDER

  • Placards with key ideas and illustrations on the walls (Idea source was Study Tech)
  • Toddler-height mirrors and shelves and toddler-sized brooms, tools, etc. (Idea source was Montessori)
  • Complete environment is designed to encourage imagination through learning materials that initiate curiosity (Idea source was Montessori and Orff Schulwerk)
  • Space for students to gather together in a large circle at times and smaller circles spaced out (depending on their instrument/activity) at other times (Idea source was Orff Schulwerk)

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the ultimate classroom, One Community Kids, enlightened children, children of the future, conscious kids, conscientious kids, kid leaders, leadership and children, children leading the world, sustainable education, Highest Good education, One CommunityOpen source developing an all-ages learning environment that is more engaging, beautiful, fun, and comprehensive is part of One Community’s strategy for positive and permanent global transformation for The Highest Good of All. This page will share the details of creating such an environment, eventually including actual blueprints, complete design and construction details, pictures, videos, cost analysis, and all other classroom specifics needed for duplication. Our purpose for creating this is to provide a new-paradigm learning environment for community sponsored schools.

 

FREQUENTLY ANSWERED QUESTIONS

Q: How do you intend to provide classroom construction blueprints?

Our current plan for our initial Ultimate Classroom is a 30’ diameter project dome, a dome size that will easily meet our initial class size of 10 children. A dome this size will provide 700 square feet of learning space with the ability to project any scene we want on the entire inside (360 degrees) of the dome. These domes can be constructed in less than a day by a team of several people. They are also classified as a “non-permanent structure” for permitting reasons, but we’ll make it a permanent and permitted structure as quickly as possible. When we purchase this dome and set it up, we will provide complete purchasing, construction, and cost analysis details. Permitted plans will also be provided as soon as we have a permitted structure.