Here are some of our reflections following our reflection meeting last week.
I am excited about the direction we are heading in.
There were 4 key questions during this time, here is a summary of the responses.
- What does teaching and learning in the 21st Century look like to you?
- Student led, increased student agency/ownership
- Open, flexible, responsive learning environments
- High use of technology
- Huge community involvement
- Students learning how to be successful, what is required
- Teaching and learning any space, anytime
- Collaboration within school, cluster, nationally and internationally
- Colourful, vibrant learning environment
- Team teaching, learning from each other, utilising strengths of individuals
- Power of 3 (3:75), options to adapt as pedagogy develops
- Multiple activities happening at once
- Children can choose a learning environment to suit the need
2) What do we need within our school and environments to achieve this vision?
- Instant access to the required resource
- Development of collaborative pedagogy
- Flexible, easily adapted teaching and learning spaces that are responsive to the current need
- Keeping up to date through observations of other schools, research, readings etc…
- Spaces opened up
- A welcoming feel, wow factor within the school
- Well organised storage areas
- Strong relationships between staff, students and whanau
- A collective, clear vision
- Breakout spaces to cater for diversity
- A physical space that allows for modern learning mindsets
- Passion and a positive attitude to change
3) How must the environment be organised? What must be in this environment?
- 3 : 75 ratio, Power of three
- Ability to change space to fit the purpose, responsive
- Resources immediately available
- Learning hub is self sufficient, place for bags, resources, etc…
- Every space is a learning space
- Quiet spaces that are visible
- Breakout spaces for wet activities, dry activities, arts, technology etc…
- Space to display student work
- Colourful and vibrant
- Better heating and light
- Partitions available to mark off space/areas as required
- Every space belongs to everyone
4) What factors have the biggest impact on student achievement?
- The people working with the students
- Catering and encouraging individual learning styles and needs
- Quality of feedback given to students
- Community involvement
- Strong leadership
- Relationships and rapports
- Students feeling safe, comfortable in the environment
- Being time efficient
- Student engagement, choice and therefore ownership
- To understand how to be a learner, what this means
- Developing a growth mindset
- Knowing the learner
- Consistency, everyone sailing on the same ship