Friday, 20 May 2011

Learning Communities - why design them?

The concept of children working in a learning community is one which embraces the use of learning modalities, caters to multiple intelligences and meets the needs of the 21C learner.
The world is different to the way it was when we were children, schools need to be different too - not just physically, but in the way we approach learning. At Hingaia Peninsula we are lucky that we have the opportunity to have a custom designed school which will enhance the learning for our 21C learners. This video shows some of the concepts evident in our design.


  1. I like the comment that with these spaces a teacher can seamlessly move between modes of teaching. I have seen a few different designs, most still seem to be based on a somewhat more transparent classroom with shared spaces, but still essentially isolated. The other is where there is less actual distinction between classrooms. Which direction are you going?

    These discussions always talk about the students, but how do you think teachers spaces and ways over working should change?

  2. Thanks for your comments. I too have seen lots of different variations of space!
    We have learning studios which are a shared collaborative space and they have 5 rooms adjacent:
    one teacher office/resource room with a glass door so available for groups, one to one etc,
    one performance area with a glass door - the vision for this space is a stage, green screen, data projector etc - this is the campfire and performance space.
    three smaller 'nooks' which have sliding doors but cannot be closed off completely - we envisage these being used for different types of learning - cave, watering hole, project etc and plan to furnish and colour them appropriately.
    The idea is that the teachers and students use the main studio for teaching and learning and that the students self select into the differing areas as they need to for the type of learning they are doing or to fit their style of learning, the teachers will not 'own' one of the rooms, the students will use them all as they fit their learning.
    Each studio also has a north and a south facing courtyard and window seats with bi-folds so that children can sit inside or outside and still converse.
    We think it is a truly spectacular design!
    That said, the ideas are in their infancy and will develop as our team spend more time together on the pedagogy of the studios.