I learned about the joyful principles of space. The most memorable for me is the power of the circle. Stop for a moment and think of all the fun things associated that have the shape of a circle............donuts, a ferris wheel, balloons, bubbles, balls, for me, a frisbee. Classrooms are angular spaces with 4 corners and desks. What are the ways we can soften those corners? In France, a fashion designer lives in a bubble house with no corners. In Japan, you can spend a night in a space that intentionally does not have even floors. It's built to surprise your senses. Some of the ideas are easily doable. Some are just interesting to dream about.
I also highly recommend When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink. Timing is everything and Pink certainly lets the reader know when its best to start something and how to get over the midpoint slump. I love that the research here applies to every aspect of my life. It really points to the idea that we should start thinking about the When of things not just the who, what's and where's. I also love his storytelling. It engages the reader. Pink answers some of the following questions:
- How do you best begin?
- High School Start Times!
- How should you take a break?
- Nappucino's anyone?
- Micro, Restorative or Vigilance
- What's your chronotype?
- Lark, owl or third-bird
- How do we elevate endings?
- How should we really time our feedback?
- How do we really get groups to work?
I have been trying to practice a few principles to my personal and work life such as the power of mirror neurons which is key to syncing a group. I have also been more intentional in taking breaks and building breaks into my classroom. There are guidelines for taking an impactful breaks and I can tell you that we don't take enough of them. This is book that I can come back to because there is so much jam-packed into it to learn and practice.