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  • Paul Spicer 11 Jul 2016 1:02pm () in Forum: How do schools ready themselves for modern learning pedagogies?

    Hi everyone.


    My name is Paul Spicer and I'm currently Deputy Principal at Stanley Ave School in Te Aroha, Waikato. We have just started down the road of MLE within the past year. Our 5Y financing has been set aside to redevelop the year 7/8 area of our school to create more break out spaces, and less 'dead' spaces.


    As far as the teaching practice goes, only minor changes have been made here. Our senior classrooms don't have desks anymore but rather, a large array of different tables, benches, seats, where they students pick and choose where to work. This has been a great change, but we still have a long way to go.


    Currently, our teaching practice has made slight shifts towards 'student ownership' and 'student centred learning'. What's helped the most to get this movement has been getting teachers to visit other schools that have current MLE's that are working effectively. Having such a large turnover of teachers at our school recently has really stunted our growth in this area.


    The point about 'wider community involvement in the decision making' is a good one. We have only had token conversations with out community about Modern Learning Practices and why we are implementing them. This is probably an area we need to address.