Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Making plans real

Making plans real is hard for many people especially for those not used to interpreting them. Considering teaching / learning spaces to day with a variety of educators and authority personnel involved mocking up spaces to full scale in a warehouse.

This enabled us to demonstrate a really wide range of learning, FF&E and multi ICT solutions. We could then really demonstrate the impact on the planning and learning in these spaces. and how they could enhance learning experiences for both students and school staff.

More than one person noted that they had spent so long looking at plans that the spaces were 'shrinking' in their minds every time they looked at them. Seeing their own plans modelled to scale and having the opportunity to walk through them brought home just how large the spaces really are and what amazing opportunities they provided for staff and learners to work in wide range of learning styles.

A complex operation to organise in a short space of time by colleagues, but it really again brings home the message about people receiving and understanding information in different ways.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

How did we end up with the wonky sparkle?

Well we have consultants who explored space, place and pedagogy through the lens of critical theory. They consulted on the design of learning environments by providing an interpretive interface between students and teachers and design professionals at all levels of education. Their research interest focused around criticial spatial literacy and critical regionalism, expressed through schools as learning environments which could be read as cultural interpretive centres. It is only through a socially just form of critical spatial pedagogy in schools that this struggle could be brought to the attention of our consciousness.

Wow! ............................................ but ............
........ I wonder how come they never built enough classrooms?......
................. or anywhere for the kids to play? .................
............... or enough spaces for everyone to park? .....................
........ or higher rails so the kids can't chuck furniture off the balconies?........
............ oh, you're just being silly now..................
.............. am I .............?
Posted by Pedagogy Unbound at 5:23 AM

interesting observation

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing this is about a new school. Does anyone know where or what it's about?

Gareth Long said...

This is potenially a new Academy which may be announced officially by the Minister very soon. More details when this is done.

G

Anonymous said...

I believe the wonky sparkle is ARK school the Redbridge academy. Not very fair as its not been given a chance.

Gareth Long said...

I have no idea where it refers to... but I agree, there are still too many who condemn without giving places or systems a chance. That is one of the issues!