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
"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.”
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
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
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
Bags, Swiss Balls, tall tables
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>
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
I would really love to have your comments about what you think especially of the draft vision and definition.
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