Innovative Learning Spaces
Innovative Learning Spaces support strengths-based teaching. They offer students and teachers flexibility, openness, and access to resources. Working in an open, flexible learning environment where inquiries are shared, interventions devised collaboratively, and reflections based on both self and peer observations, leads to a more robust, continuously improving community of practice.
An innovative environment is one that is capable of evolving and adapting as educational practices evolve and change – thus remaining future focused.
At Kauri Flats our Bases (learning spaces/classrooms) are designed to ensure the best of both worlds for our students. Bases have been designed to ensure the flexibility of learning and ease of group teaching whilst also keeping the structure of a sound learning programme.
We appreciate that ILS’s are still a relatively new concept in New Zealand and with this in mind we have designed our learning spaces so that they are not just one large space, but they have areas for students to learning in a variety of ways - small/large groups, individually, with their teacher etc. The design means our spaces are adaptable to suit the needs of all of our students.
high-level cognitive skills - inquiry, problem solving, listening and analysis
personalised learning paths, so students can learn content at their own pace and in ways that work best for them. With teachers having the most impact by leading interdisciplinary projects and other rich performance tasks that help students weave together content knowledge and high-level cognitive skills.
Our school currently has four of our Learning Bases in operation. Most of our Bases are a learning space that accommodates the equivalent of 3 classes of learners and 3 teachers, except one base, which is the equivalent of 2 classes of learners and 2 teachers.
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