As an educator, I think a lot about classroom dynamics. Recently I went back to school as a student. Playing both roles has deepened my interest in how we come together as groups, and in the shifting energy of our classrooms. I began to explore ways of quickly mapping the structures of learning environments.
In these diagrams from my sketchbook we consider classroom systems through a basic electrical circuit used to illuminate light bulbs. The components include wires (which transmits electrical current), batteries (which powers elements of the circuit), light bulbs (which lights up when the circuit is sufficiently powered), switches (which turns the system on and off), and resistors (which regulates energy in the circuit). Overlaid are essential components of institutional classrooms including student, teacher, learning, knowledge, and others. I use these to map how specific classroom scenarios function… in which I’ve played various rolls.
The illustrations include four categories: student-teacher interactions, teaching models, classroom dynamics, and school administration.