Taupo Primary School - Hooked on Learning

Innovative Learning

Posted on 22 May 2016

In this blog : a draft vision, a draft description and the many ideas that our teachers offered regarding Innovative learning environments. I would love feedback on all of these ideas.

Taupo Primary School Modern Learning Environment

Draft Vision

"Taupo Primary School is hooked on child centered innovative learning environments where new knowledge and understandings about how we learn are fully explored and implemented.”

Draft Definition

Innovative learning at Taupo Primary School places the student at the center of all planning. Pedagogy develops as teachers, students and community "learn about learning” together,

Teaching and learning practice closely align to modern understanding about learning. Programmes and structures are respectful of and responsive to individual learners’ preferences, needs and values. Community participation is seen as a vital component in enriching learning relationships.

 This is what we thought                  

The Pedagogy

Learning through:

1. Increasing students voice and ownership of learning through choice and decision making

2. Tuakana Teina relationships

3.  Formative practice embedded- all teachers understanding and implementing steps that help students know how to learn.

2.     Collaboration – teachers, students and community – groups collaborating with each other and across all sectors

3.     Using teaching time and personal time effectively, Teachers really talking through issues – open to learning

4.     Using a variety of tools appropriate to the task- students developing the ability to know what tools to use.

5.     Professional Learning Ongoing – personalised. Teachers and Student

6.     Teachers and students working with Growth Mindsets

7.     Teachers teaching to their talent and passion

8.      Engaging the Learning Celebrated with the community. Using talented parents, constant feedback with the community-use wider community strengths when developing ILE

9.     Redevelop our own school curriculum when working with our community

10.  Personalised learning - teachers and students using a learning style that is suited to the learner. Keep the coffee group going for the teachers and develop similar input from the children.

11.  Arousing student curiosity

12.  Knowing learners

13.  Using contracts and independent tools for engagement

14.  Career minded- students future focussed. What are my goals?

15.  Personality traits and interests

16.  Programmes that appeal to Multiple intelligences

17.  Students leading teaching and learning

18.  Student body group on BOT

19.  Developing relationships with students outside of own classroom

20.  Risk taking encouraged. Safe to make mistakesDevelop a range of creative

21.  Redefining success so that we celebrate the learning that takes place opposed to products. How can we link this to our inquiry celebrations? Perhaps no standalone products at the end of a celebration     , more focus on process

22.  Working through design thinking process together

23.  Children involved in the design of ILE

24.  Rich themes throughout the year, co-constructed with students

25.  Cohesive planning with staff

26.  Everyone open to change – staff, community and children. (Develop a change process for TPS

27.  Aligning our philosophy with early childhood, intermediate and tertiary education


The Environment    


1.     Appropriate spaces for diverse learning styles

2.     Quite zones

3.     Creative Zones

4.     Outdoor spaces

5.     Presentation areas

6.     Research areas

7.     Custom areas

8.     Community Room/whanau area

9.     Sewing room/ making spaces

10.   Get rid of cloak bays

11.   Furniture providing a range of options dependent on performance

12.  Environment and teaching style to enhance the wellness of our students

13.    Appropriate digital devices – laptops, tablets, interactive, x box,  skyping, u-tube, animations, Podcast, cell phones, web conference

14.   Space and not clutter

15.  Identify spaces not being used effectively- and change this

16.  Bean Bags, Swiss Balls, tall tables


Special Considerations

1.     Students with special needs – or special behaviour and learning difficulties. How will we cater for students who need quieter and smaller environments for learning>

Other Ideas

1.     Decks at C block covered in to become an outdoor learning area

2.     Take out the walls between Room 10 and 11.

3.     Get rid of C Block toilet space and use that space as a break out space. Build a new toilet block elsewhere

4.     Create a hub with Room 4& 5. Same with 12 & 13. Use hall foyer to create a hub for A Block

5.     Collaborative office space for teachers, coffee machines

6.     Community Room & Whanau area

7.     Reassess school timetable and change if appropriate


And finally listen to Mark Osborne as he tells us about the very important changes and key components of ILE

Considering modern learning environments from EDtalks on Vimeo.


I would really love to have your comments about what you think especially of the draft vision and definition.









Comment by Cushla on 22 May 2016 4:18 PM:

Thank you to Kieran, Amber, Aja and Katie for your comments on my last post. I really appreciate them.

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