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Strategy: Learning Zones

Highly intentional use of space to create a variety of learning opportunities

Context

Roots organizes its physical layout intentionally, with a large open space (“the Grove”) in the center of the school, and small to moderate-sized classrooms (each with a maximum capacity of roughly 30 students) surrounding it. By using space in this way, Roots is able to create a multitude of learning zones for its students. 

The grove is an area at Roots where students and teachers have choice around where and how they learn and work with students.

A variety of learning activities take place within the Grove, including but not limited to: reading, writing, 1:1 coaching, “making,” independent learning, and large group learning in five named Learning Zones (e.g. Flex Center, iPad Center, Library, Makers' Space, Writing Center). The classrooms outside the Grove are used for Habits of Success classes in the morning, as well as 1:1 coaching and small and large group instruction. These spaces correspond with the customized schedule that teachers put together for students, allowing them many different opportunities to engage with teachers, technology, and other students throughout the day.

Roots Learning Zones Flex Center 
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Roots Learning iPad Center
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Roots Learning Zones Library
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Roots Learning Zones Maker Space
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Roots Learning Zones Writing Center
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