Designing School for the Long Haul

[This post is an accompaniment my presentation at a recent conference] If you’ve heard me speak in the last couple of years, you may recall the story of a school in Sweden that I visited with the architect and consulting team prior to the opening. This 0-15 years school was in a locality that wasContinue reading “Designing School for the Long Haul”

How might we co-design the learning ecosystem?

Perhaps the construction is close to completion for the new learning space. I’m sure you are keen to embrace diverse pedagogical approaches, develop collaborative teaching teams and create learning strategies to empower self-directed learners. That bright-shiny new space may have been designed to support future-focused, inquiry-based and learner-centred pedagogies, however, over time it can justContinue reading “How might we co-design the learning ecosystem?”

Future of Learning: Empowering small ‘d’ designers

Why design matters “I believe it’s one of the most positive tools at our disposal to improve our quality of life”. Alice Rawsthorn, TED2016     The principles of design can be translated into everyday situations to make the world a better place. In her book, Design is an Attitude, Rawsthorn writes, “Whenever human beingsContinue reading “Future of Learning: Empowering small ‘d’ designers”

The Future of Learning: Designing for differentiation not settling for standardisation

A bowling alley is characterised by a cavernous spaces made up of lane-upon-lane, with weighty balls hurtling down each one. As a ball is bowled, it’s heading toward the pins which are standing at attention, awaiting the impact at the other end. Is your school like a bowling alley? The pins, like students, are passiveContinue reading “The Future of Learning: Designing for differentiation not settling for standardisation”

Paradigm shift: from solo-teacher to teaching team

My professional focus is the future of learning and learning environments. I see that the design of the spaces where learning occurs, plays a significant part in providing the context for the education our students need today. The innovative learning environment (ILE) enables an array of opportunities for student learning, supporting a variety of learningContinue reading “Paradigm shift: from solo-teacher to teaching team”

Creating an innovative learning environment anywhere: Start with what you have.

Well, It’s been a while since I put finger to keyboard for a post. I am currently knee-deep in data collection, interviewing, writing and lots of thinking for my PhD. I’m looking at how to support and equip teachers to transition their thinking and practice in innovative learning environments. Recently, I came across an articleContinue reading “Creating an innovative learning environment anywhere: Start with what you have.”

(Pedagogy + Place) & (Rhetoric + Reality) in learning space design: A decade of dialogue

“How to bring our schools out of the 20th Century” was the title of an article in TIME in December 2006. It featured a more recent take on the Rip Van Winkle fairy tale. After 100 years of slumber, Rip wakes in the first decade of the 21st century. As he walks the streets, observing the citizens of the dayContinue reading “(Pedagogy + Place) & (Rhetoric + Reality) in learning space design: A decade of dialogue”

How open learning space can work for introverts, extroverts & ambiverts: D.A.R.E.

Let me give you a snapshot of myself.   I like people, I enjoy conversation. I am quite comfortable in settings where I don’t necessarily know anyone. I don’t find it difficult to strike up a conversation with a new person. I’m fairly confident communicating with small and large groups. I actually enjoy a goodContinue reading “How open learning space can work for introverts, extroverts & ambiverts: D.A.R.E.”

Psychoacoustics of learning environments: A people-centred approach to noise

As I write, it’s a rainy day. Our small apartment is on the top level of the building, located on a semi-busy road. Not a highway nor a freeway, more of a connection between suburbs. I’m quite used to the steady stream of traffic noise  and today, as it’s raining, so there is the addedContinue reading “Psychoacoustics of learning environments: A people-centred approach to noise”

Innovating learning environments: 4 ways to think about sustaining change

We love the photos of cool learning spaces with funky furniture They are captivating, inspiring, but it is impossible to know the full story from a tweeted photo. Recently I’ve had numerous opportunities to talk about the context for change and  several resonating themes are emerging around people and change: That chair/table/tech won’t be the silver bullet It’sContinue reading “Innovating learning environments: 4 ways to think about sustaining change”