Client: Teach to One
Architect: Anderson Architects
The prototype Teach to One Math Center integrates best practices to create an effective and adaptive learning environment for participating schools. The project shown here was produced for an elementary school in Chicago. A main feature of the Teach to One Math Center is the custom furniture components called Learning Modules, which are specially designed to support the Teach to One Math Center program and meet the unique needs of each school. Milder Office led design development and produced the Learning Modules in collaboration with the New Classrooms team, Anderson Architects, and the American Architectural Foundation.
The Learning Modules support the dynamic transitions that a hallmark of the New Classrooms teaching concept. The units serve as freestanding walls in the large open space layout favored by New Classrooms concept of interchanging groups and learning methods. The Learning Modules provide teaching surfaces, storage, signage, as well as power and data connectivity. The use of open shelving and closed storage turns the units into space-dividing screens that break down the larger classroom into smaller, more intimate learning environments. A rolling whiteboard may be mounted on either side of the unit to provide additional functionality. Depending on the location of power and data access in your Teach to One Math Center classroom, integrated power and data poles may be incorporated.
Benefits of the Learning Module system include:
– Efficient layouts that help to maximize time spent on learning.
– Lively and warm design that inspires and empowers students and teachers.
– Durable components that have no or low maintenance requirements.
– Components that are simple to order and quick to assemble in a variety of configurations.
– Pre-fabricated components that mitigate disruptive and costly onsite construction work.
– Cost-effective options that address a range of school budgets.