Looking to reimagine and redesign your
learning environments?

The 5 ESSENTIAL SPACES offer a coherent model for individuals and organizations alike to take a fresh look at learning spaces.

Learning space redesign engages learners and educators in new ways.

  • It enhances collaboration
  • It fosters creativity
  • It boosts thinking and makes it visible
  • It empowers educators to teach in the way they want and need to

Find our more about each ESSENTIAL SPACE and how it can enrich your environment here.


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  • Dylan Meikle

    Dylan Meikle is a teacher leader and counselor in elementary schools and early childhood environments. His experiences working in Australia, China and Vietnam have led him to appreciate the utility of the third teacher in enriching teaching and learning.

    He has a deep interest in physical learning spaces, progressive pedagogy and how the interplay between them support the development of students. He has studied this topic as part of a masters degree in educational leadership and administration.

    Dylan is a member of the International Baccalaureate Educator Network and an Apple Distinguished Educator. He has experience as a project coordinator of a learning space enhancement process at a prestigious international school where he contributed designs and leadership in the revisioning of teaching spaces. He blogs at makespace4learning.com and you can follow him on Twitter @dylan_meikle

  • Nathaniel Atherton

    Nathaniel Atherton spent several years researching and implementing innovative changes to his classroom space by developing the concept of ‘5 ESSENTIAL SPACES’. Using this framework teachers can audit their own environment and ‘Make Space: 4 Learning’.

    Nathaniel has presented his research and findings to parents and educators within the Beijing community. He has also presented at EARCOS ETC 2014 Teacher Conference in Bangkok Thailand and the Next Generation Learning Spaces Asia conferences in 2015 and 2016.

    Nathaniel hails from the capital city of Canada, Ottawa, but has spent time teaching and learning in Taiwan Thailand and Mainland China.