Well, what a great visit to Waimairi this morning for half of our staff.
Waimairi have been developing there beliefs, values, MLE's and teaching practice for 6 years now and are approaching things in a very methodical manner.
The biggest emphasis today was placed on the WHY?
Why are we creating new environments?
Why are we changing the way we think about teaching?
Why are we using MLE's and MLP?
This lead me to begin thinking about ensuring that as a staff we have an understanding as to why this is happening and what it looks like within our school community?
Once we have a shared understanding of this, it will be more meaningful in our practice.
It was also highlighted that @ Waimairi, what we saw today is part of a 6 year process!!! We have master planning happening at the beginning of next year!
We must not panic about this, begin to trial things and when the time comes to design spaces, ensure that these are flexible enough to adapt as our thinking adapts. I was impressed with how at Waimairi they have developed flexible learning spaces from very basic buildings but the teaching and learning that is happening is the real strength. The high levels of engagement and student ownership was fantastic.
A big thanks to Mike, Carol and their team for hosting us and being so open about their journey so far...I am very excited about beginning ours!
Below are a few photos from today.
I love the third photo- this is a girl teaching herself to draw a cartoon by watching a you tube clip!