This is a great post that reflects on how to approach innovation in schools. The garden analogy is just perfect.
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’s just like Maslow’s Hierarchy
- How does your garden grow?
- This is just the tip of the iceberg
Photo credit: Derek Bartels
That chair/table/tech won’t be the silver bullet
When I walk around our school with groups, they take notice of the elements, the physical designs, the furniture and configuration of spaces. One thing that people notice in innovative learning environments (ILEs) is the lack of, or perhaps different thinking around, the teacher’s desk. At NBCS, we have ‘caddies’ in our learning spaces that serve the purpose of storage and provide a stand-up place for student-teacher chat…
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