"Our experience has been that change comes from these key elements:Redesign spaces around collaborative teaching,Retrain teachers to work collaboratively andEmpower and resource teachers to be the agents of change in any context
As a result the learning experience changes rapidly – leading to improved academic outcomes, greater alignment with the skills that will be valuable in post-school contexts and a far more obvious and positive culture of engaged learning will be evident.
We have learnt that space is both a fixed and fluid notion. It has an enormous impact on how we feel and think – the very core of our experiences of life. The challenge for schools is to identify the different spaces it inhabits – virtual, pedagogic and real, and to draw these together in meaningful ways so that learning can focus forward, enabled through technology."
Many libraries are working hard to mandate change in practice of staff, and to adapt existing spaces for new uses - we can learn much from the experiences of educators engaging in the same conversation, if in a different context. Worth reading. DW