Some of the points that really resonated with me :
- Your core values and beliefs drive this process and should be constructed with the entire school community. This will guide the principles and the practice will be a living expression of these values.
- Keep at the forefront- "What do we want for our school" What are the priorities? When the time comes, we can work with the budget.
- Modern Learning Practice is vital, the buildings will come, they will look shiny, but what happens in them? How do the teachers work together? Variety is the spice of life... Inside the MLE we should see peer teaching, parallel teaching, small group teaching, knowledge groupings, student choice, individual work and sometimes whole group- COLLABORATION!
- Change is coming, how to work with the people in our community to be on the same page and moving forward together...
- "We" need to own this process, and constantly reflect on it.
- Remember the NZ Curriculum, it allows for diversity, it is not narrow, if it is, what is going wrong?
- How do we create reflection time for readings, examples etc...? This is important in educating all of us.
Our final session involved Hamish Boyd from Jasmax architects. He provided a key insight into how other schools have come about...
- We want to design a place that motivates, everyone wants to be part of!
- "Spacial drama" "Spacial excitement" "Connectivity between buildings"
- If a school is like a village, where is the heart of that village?
- What is your schools story? How did it come about? Listen to the stories and embed them in the designing.
Some common spaces in MLE's :
- Group tables/spaces
- Individual tables
- High/Low tables
- Variety of chairs/bean bags etc...
- Silent rooms
- Meeting rooms
- Bookable rooms
- Specialist rooms
- Furniture that can be easily manipulated
- Nooks/CranniesEvery space is a working space!