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  • Kris Burden 17 Feb 2014 9:44am () in MLEs: That’s just a classroom with a beanbag isn’t it?

    Hi Bruce, I couldn't agree with you more...

    "What's important to remember of course is that it's not the spaces, but how teachers (and learners) use the space, how they develop innovative and engaging learning experiences that really make the space come alive. It sometimes takes time to teachers to get their heads around this, as it involves changes beyond not just the four walls of their old classroom but their "mental" walls -how they perceive teaching and learning to be and the strategies and controls they are used to. It also involves teacher and child interactions on a level that may take a while to develop."

    It took us most of 2013 researching, checking out blogs & videos of NZ experience as well as overseas, visiting school, working with our BeL facilitator, talking to the BOT/parents/kids... The bulk of the time was spent getting our heads around it all. Personally I have taught in a couple of open plan/variable space schools so could help guide discussions, etc. Our classrooms aren't new, the holes in some aren't as big as we would like, some of the furniture is a bit makeshift at the moment. However the teachers are very cool. Because we took the time to prepare as practioners, we accept that things may not run totally smoothly at first and there maybe times when we feel a little out of our comfort zone, but we have support in place and most of all we have trust.

    We launched into this because we felt it would beneifit the children academically, socially and emotionally. Like our children we accept that we are all learning and progressing at different levels.  :)

  • Kris Burden 13 Feb 2014 3:58pm () in MLEs: That’s just a classroom with a beanbag isn’t it?

    We have just linked (knocked holes in the wall) our old rooms to create 2 teacher hubs, moved the library so we could create a large space for our junior hub, sorted out/minimalized the furniture (would you believe in a little 10 classroom school we now have one room stuffed to the gunnels with unwanted furniture), emptied 2 classrooms to create a performing arts/presentation room and an art/project making room. It's still very much a work in progress, but soooo much fun!  I strongly recommend it!

  • Kris Burden 28 Nov 2013 11:17pm () in 2013: Leadership and strategic planning for e-learning | NAPP Kōrero 14

    You are so right Pete. The appointment process and effective performance management are key elements in ensuring the implementation of a strategic plan. I really like the skill sets, etc. that you suggest to be included when advertising for teachers. So, why wait for this to happen in the future...let's make it today!