Doors...we know them in so many facets. "Break on through to the other side..." famous lyrics from Jim Morrison and The Doors, battened and ledged, framed and panelled, positioned on the exterior and interior of the spaces we dwell. Whatever comes to mind when you first think of the word, we all have some conception of what it means.
So why talk about doors on an education blog? Two reasons.
1. Doors are the entry to learning. We hold the keys, we open and close as keepers of the gate, and students enter and exit.
2. The door is often the first picture of the environment.
Just look at the four pictures above. What do you imagine will happen when you walk through each of the 4 doors? Do you want to go through the door with no windows? The door that has light coming through? Does the environment welcome you from the outside as well as the first step after that welcome mat?
Think about the planning process for how you present the outside of your door. Do you plan for the trend of the year? Do you decorate with the children in mind? If so, how? What is the decision making process when prepping that door?
From the pictures above:
Door #1 is sterile, cold, and closed. Yet, in that particular space, we want the other side to be exactly that-sterile, cold, and closed. A storage space should be clean and secure our belongings well. Door #2 is mysterious, dark and locked. We do not know what is on the inside, but what lurks behind the door is something that needs coveted, kept secret, and safe. Door #3 is clean, modern, and typical. Door #3 uses keys to open and is a standard form of entering and exiting. When looking inside, one can see that the door was quite representative of what they would be entering-a clean and modern living space. Door #4 is old, traditional, and dignified. What is not surprising is that Door #4 is the door of a school. Chew on that picture for a bit. Old, traditional, and dignified. Are these the cornerstone words that should be used to describe education today? If not, what three words come to your mind? Remember...environment matters. The way one enters and exits can predict a great deal about what happens inside those walls.