I believe the biggest change that is required from teachers today is that of moving from teacher-centred to learning-centred models. Chalk and talk was the experience that most current teachers experienced at school and therefore it becomes our native language in the classroom. While this may be a comfortable zone for the teacher, this is hardly a method that will help to engage students given their variety of learning styles. The idea that teachers ‘control’ the classroom as opposed to guiding and encouraging learning is another area of transition that is important for student learning.
A learning space should be able to motivate learners and promote learning as an activity, support collaborative as well as formal practice, provide a personalised and inclusive environment, and be flexible in the face of changing need.
The layout of rooms and spaces for learning can have a major impact on how students approach learning and interaction. I have been thinking about the best ways that classroom design can assist student learning. Sometimes this will be in a large group, other times in a small group, and then other times working individually. I’ve noticed that when there is flexibility with the design of a room it is easier to look after the learning needs of students.
Here are some things I like to consider:
- personalised learning, project based learning and technology that aids learning.
- how I need to keep on developing my understanding of 21C learning so that students not only meet the curriculum
- outcomes for school, but more importantly developing lifelong learning skills for all Ako.
What do you think?