Hi My name is Sandra Jenkins. I am the principal of Freemans Bay School in Auckland, New Zealand. Our school is situated in the heart of Auckland City. We believe in e-learning, assessment for learning and habits of mind as core elements of our school curriculum. Students and teachers are encouraged to reflect, collaborate and give feedback on each others learning. Engagement, empowerment and enrichment are at the heart of how we learn at Freemans Bay School.Twitter label: @FreemansbayScho
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Learning Space Design
Last week we took 12 of our school leaders and teachers to visit three schools in Auckland. We were looking at the relationship between teaching and learning and the design of the classroom spaces. We were interested to explore how recent built learning environments are really working. How has the design supported personalised learning or other thoughts on contemporary educational practice. What was working and what were the challenges and what would the teachers working in them do differently if they had the chance?
Such visits help us to inform our thinking about our future school design as most of our school is to be demolished and a new school built over the next two years.We believe that it is important that our educators have a role to informing our future school design to ensure that our new environments reflect the needs of future education rather than where education is currently at.
We were impressed with the designs and the discussions.
The spaces we saw were supportive of:
inside and outside connections
linking thinking about teaching to design spaces
School design and teaching and learning tour on PhotoPeach