I took a ride out to Baverstock Oaks and Mission Heights School this morning to have a look at two of Aucklands recently built schools. They certainly are impressive and on first impressions quite a contrast from schools built even a decade ago. The questions I have are; is the teaching and learning congruent with the 21st century design? What mental models potentially constrain teachers and need to be challenged? How are the learning spaces set up to meet a variety of learning situations e.g one on one, small group, large group, peer learning opportunities.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Returned this evening from a session with Ministry of Education representatives, Principals, Architects and Construction representatives to look at the design of Mt Wellington School to date. A significant session in that input precedes the signing off of the master plan. It was timely and refreshing to hear questions from the floor, particularly from a colleague who has lived the same experience in the last 2 years. Practical suggestions about bench height in the hall kitchen, recycling options and the amount of wet space, all import reminders about the thought that needs to take place pre building. Some further dreaming and scheming to come!