As our thoughts turn to the new academic year ahead, it seems obvious that schools need to create an inspirational environment for young people. And not just to increase learning; for us, making children feel safe, happy and engaged is a goal in itself. So why is the practice so far behind the thinking? Sharing notes with the working world, hundrED.org takes inspiration from the hunt for joy in changing spaces for the better.
Designer and writer Ingrid Fetell Lee has dedicated her time and a Ted Talk to ‘Where Joy Hides and How to Find it’. Her investigation delves into how physical environments affect our emotions. For this, Fetell Lee calls upon her design background to test the impact of colours and shapes on respondents’ levels of joy.
With increasing numbers of students and pupils reporting a lack of inspiration from their school environments, could creating a joyful classroom be the answer? Fetell Lee and others’ findings are a welcome addition to the toolkit for shifting the thinking from one-size-fits-all learning.