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Opinion: What would the ideal classroom look like?

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The Educator | 13 Jul 2015, 08:15 AM Agree 0
The Educator explores the research on best teaching practice and classroom layout to share a glimpse into what the ideal classroom might look like.
  • Susan Hyde | 14 Jul 2015, 03:13 PM Agree 0
    The idea of one teacher of one class of one year level in one classroom space is a 20thC school design feature. Now we know more about how the brain works, and the true diversity of our learners prior knowledge, skills and experiences, the idea that there is such a thing as a year 6 student is not viable. The 21stC school groups students in larger multiple age groups with more than one teacher in an open learning environment. Teachers would work as a team to design and teacher the curriculum to enable the learning across the so called year level bands, allowing or guiding students to choose the level at which they can learn. The 21stC curriculum is interdisciplinary, drawing together the knowledge from the disciplines into authentic contexts that relate to the lives of the students involved and to the learning program. As they learn, the children in the 21stC classroom do a lot of collaborative learning, sharing expertise between them and exploring themes and activities that extend their learning. The team of teachers move amongst the students to track and guide them as they learn, intervening to ensure their progress is developed and extended.
    The layout of the open learning environment would be flexible so that furniture and spaces can moved to suit the activity. Technology would need to be accessed across the learning environment, and for particular types of activities some equipment would be fixed.
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