The Third Teacher Book
The Third Teacher is the result of a learning experience that began when three global design firms joined forces on an unprecedented project: gathering the stories of education thought leaders and learning communities who sought to redesign the future of learning. Cannon Design's expertise in K-12 / higher education architecture, VS America's trailblazing work with ergonomic furniture solutions, and Bruce Mau Design's unrivaled ability to capture and communicate “positive innovation” combined to create this comprehensive and novel cabinet of wonders.
The book is the resulting collection of ways to use to transform teaching and learning through the design of the learning environment - Loris Malaguzzi’s “third teacher.” Our goal with The Third Teacher book was to show that the design of a school is intrinsically linked to learning, and to even go a step further by demonstrating that design directly impacts teaching and learning. The book lives on, however, as a tool for participatory design that allows school stakeholders to enter into our design process. The “79 ideas” serve as a common language between learning communities and designers. Educators, students and parents can identify specific, tangible design techniques that support their visions.
The Third Teacher was chosen as one of Fast Company's best design books in 2010.
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