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Self Directed Learning in MLE

Started by Sarah Quinlan 08 May 2015 2:40pm () Replies (29)

Hi, I am currently doing an inquiry into self directed learning within a modern learning environment. I'm really keen to learn more about how students (particularily young ones) are encouraged to self direct and how this is effectively managed and controlled in an environment with large numbers. Any help or advice would be greatlty appreciated!


  • suevy (View all users posts) 26 Jul 2015 4:28pm ()

    Title: Modern Learning Environments


    Hi Elicia
    We are in our second year in an MLE and although it is not purpose built it is slightly better acoustically than some retro-fitted classrooms.
    However, both years we worked really hard on noise expectations and with a consistent approach there are very few times when it is an issue. Visitors frequently comment on the "quiet, learning noise". We have noticed when other children visit we need to spend time going over our quiet learning behaviour expectations. 
    As well as practising transitions and setting the standard early, we found that we needed to be careful with the way we used our spaces. Moving reading games (or any other activity requiring more noise) away  from our teaching spaces was one change we made early on. 
    We also have areas of "no-talking". These are silent individual learning spaces - if you need to talk you need to move to another area.
    We also mix things things up a bit - transitions are followed by a couple of songs. This pulls everyone back together and then off we go again - quiet, focussed learning.
    Hope this helps. Good luck - it's a great way to teach.

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