When we designated our classrooms as studios and outfitted them with large, adjustable tables and chairs with wheels rather than the inflexible, old-school desks, we were aiming to foster a culture of creativity and collaboration in the NMY program. But, in the end, as Matt Webb of BERG London reminds us, culture is really about people:
Our culture and way of working is what makes us BERG. And our culture is made by our people. Everyone here has a colossal impact on the life of the room. Nobody just “fits in,” we grow together — learning, teaching and developing as we go.
That’s why the social-emotional needs of our students are given first priority — we must provide a safe, welcoming place to learn. And while there are days that little seems to work or that Open Studios seem to be wasted, when we take a look back at where we were at the beginning of the month, at the beginning of the school year, or at the time we first came together, the growth is apparent and our impact on each other is evident.