Sunday, August 11, 2013

Modern Learning Environments

Hi all

We thought you might like to know a little of the philosophy behind the change in layout in LC4.

Modern Learning Environments has been the focus of much research of late. There have been many studies that have shown that different children learn best when not constrained to the desk and chair, while others prefer it. Some children's brains are more focused when they can stand or wriggle. For some, their brain is switched on when they can lay down or squat. As parents, we know this makes sense. Each child is different and when you try and make someone fit into an environment that doesn't suit them as individuals, their brain power isn't maximised.

With research as evidence, we have taken away many desks and are teaching the children to choose (and recognise) the best environment for them, and their way of learning. We are aiming to provide an environment that is 'owned ' by the children. Future Focused Learning is a phrase you may hear more and more about. Part of that is to make the child the driver of their own learning. They have more choice and are aware of their learning preferences. It is Riverdale's philosophy that children should become independent learners who believe in their capability, and can make informed, responsible choices.

We have provided different levels, seating and spaces and the children will be scaffolded into learning how to make choices for themselves, and their learning. It is our hope that this will nurture the many different types of learners we have in LC4, encourage engagement, and ownership of their learning, and the space.

The children are very excited!

If you have any questions we are more than happy to talk about our new initiative.

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