Gilberthorpe school

Gilberthorpe school

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Education in the 21st Century, a few of our thoughts :-)

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.

  1. 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


  1. Acoustics. I hadn't thought much of it until being at Christchurch South Intermediate where we could stand in a space with over a hundred students and still have a conversation in rather low voices and still hear each other without being disrupted by any other noise. Kids were working and talking with each other but it wasn't at all too much. I'm interested to see what happens with our redesign and how our acoustics go with our high ceilings.

  2. Number four should be an area of focus as these are the things that impact student learning and achievement. We want to be having a positive impact so these areas need to be a priority as we move forward together.