Charles City Bringing Classrooms to the 21st Century

October 13, 2017 10:53 PM

(ABC 6 News)--Charles City is once again taking students out of a typical classroom setting and bringing them to a more interactive and innovative learning environment.

"Right now we're building some tiered seating," Jean Underwood, Senior Associate with BLDD Architects.


 The tiered seating is where students can sit and learn, others can stand in the back and observe. The seating is being built by construction students at the Charles City High School and Estes Construction is assisting to convert the agriculture space into a prototype learning space.

 "A lot of the district staff took tours of schools all over the country to kind of look at, what are other people doing, what is the vision for Charles City," said Underwood.

 Jim Lundberg, the high school agriculture teacher was one of those on that tour.

 "I'm excited about this project going on right now," said Lundberg.

 Lundberg said it's time to experiment with open space and collaborate with other curriculums, something he saw other schools doing.

 "We're going to try to model that here in this shop, so as we look at possibly remodeling our current high school, maybe we'll go along that line," said Lundberg.

 "The space that we're in right now is the clean room, so that's more of a classroom type space. We'll be getting furniture for this space as well," said Underwood as she sits in the clean room.

 A small room in the AG lab is being converted to a quiet room, which will be used for more technology-based learning.

 "Maybe they don’t do so well sitting in a classroom in a chair; you put them in this environment and this is really where they go to town," said Lundberg. 

The goal is to make sure every space in the school is being fully utilized before moving forward with remodeling or building new.

"Being able to try out these different types of teaching and different types of curriculum now allows teachers to get a better idea of what that could look like in the future," said Underwood.

The prototypes will stay up throughout the year and BLDD Architects is looking to hear feedback from community members as well.


Marissa Collins

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