Detroit Connections: Active Classrooms
Partnered with Bennett Elementary school in southwest Detroit , Detroit Connections: Active Classrooms tackles the emerging field of the active classroom. Engaging three scales–the imaginative realm, the classroom, and the community, University of Michigan students design, produce and lead curricular innovations that contend with pressing issues facing inner city classrooms through hands on art and design projects. Coursework is informed by imaginative literature from Italo Calvino to Jose Luis Borges, educational philosophies from John Dewey to Maria Montessori, and partners with the School of Public Health’s Momentum Center to design creatine stimulating classroom environments. Active Classroom projects focus on collaboration, linking learning to movement, and altering the environment of the traditional classroom to maximize student experience.