I had the opportunity to attend designer David Jakes' presentation at the Chicago Education Festival last weekend. As an engineer I can appreciate the concept of form following function. Constructivism in the classroom is a real life example of form following function. In a traditional classroom setting with a teacher up front imparting knowledge to students (Sage on the stage), rows of seats facing forward works. All eyes up front, it is difficult to interact or collaborate with other learners. The constructivist classroom is centered around the learner. The seats and work surfaces would be on wheels for easy reconfiguration. Sometimes the learning stations would be arranged for small group discussion, sometimes for whole group sharing (circle or U shaped). When individual or paired work was required for a project or experiment, the seating could be quickly altered. I witnessed an invention called the Node Chair during theChicago Education Festival. A case study from the University of Michigan showed that this chair on wheels increased the very skills contructivism promotes, collaboration, learners co-creating, teacher moving freely around the room to ask questions that guide students in the experiment or exercise. As I investigate constructivism it occurred to me that I was naturally participating. I took concepts I already knew, engineering, and mapped the new information (constructivism in the classroom) onto what I already knew. I looked for more info to confirm or dispel my conclusions and then shared with peers to get their input and feedback. I love when a plan comes together!