Learning in Comfort
By Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, September 13, 2006
- Middle School
- Furniture Design
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
- conduct Internet research
- respond to writing prompts
- create a graphic organizer
- analyze and evaluate information
- create a design for a desk
- evaluate group work
- conduct surveys
- create a presentation
"Desktop Musings" handout
"Learning in Style Contest" handout
- computer with Internet access
- drawing materials
- markers, pencils, crayons, etc.
Building Background Seat of LearningThe purpose of this activity is to allow students to explore examples of classroom desks from the past. 1. Divide your class into small groups and ask them to view the following Internet sites, which feature pictures of classroom desks.
- What are the differences in design, construction and materials of the old desks and the new desks?
- What can we learn about society's view of education from the way the desks were designed?
Steps for Learning Learning in Style Design
The purpose of this activity is to provide students with an opportunity to use the steps of the design process to create a new student desk.
1. Divide the class into small groups. Give each group a copy of the "Learning in Style Design Contest" handout.
2. After the votes have been counted, host a discussion on the winning desk design.