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The Third Teacher: 79 Ways You Can Use Design to Transform Teaching & Learning

Created by an international team of architects and designers concerned about the state of our education system, this book explores the link between the school environment and how children learn, and offers 79 practical design ideas, both great and small, to guide reader’s efforts to improve our schools by shaping the school environment. Written for anyone who has school-age children in their life, from educators and education decision-makers to parents and community activists, this book is intended to ignite a blaze of discussion and initiative about environment as an essential element of learning.

Including interviews, facts, statistics, and stories from experts in a wide range of fields, this book is a how-to guide for connecting the organizations, individuals, and ideas dedicated to innovating and improving teaching and learning. Contributors include children’s singer and advocate Raffi, author and creativity consultant Sir Ken Robinson, scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki, inventor James Dyson, and other experts working to create fresh solutions to problems and a new blueprint for the future of education.