Saturday, 8 September 2012

2012 Term 3 Week 8 - What others think

This week we have welcomed more visitors, amongst them a group from the Ministry of Education property team and the community of Monte Cecilia School.

The property team from MoE came to have a look at our design and build as they are often recommending that principals building new classroom or admin blocks come to visit us. It was interesting chatting to the property team about how and why we have our buildings the way they are, the use of natural materials, the design of our spaces, the outdoor environment. They were impressed with the architectural details and the use of colour, furniture and equipment but, like all our visitors, just loved seeing the students using the spaces!

There is often a misconception that the students will be easily distracted and off task in the large studios, that the three teachers and large group of students will create a noisy and chaotic environment which will detract rather than enhance learning. We have found that, after the initial excitement with the mobile furniture, our students are showing a high degree of self management and responsibility for their learning.

Our visitors are impressed at the little kids sitting up high at the study carrels, the children lying on beanbags completely engrossed in their learning, the students working on devices alongside others writing in books, all engaging in the same learning but in different ways. As one visitor put it, "it's the key competencies in action".

We couldn't agree more! 

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