We Like to Move it - shifting the learning from the front

Pedagogy, Furniture and Growth Mindset

On the move - shifting the learning

Why?

Education has changed - it needed to. No longer is it acceptable to have a one size fits all system, let alone classroom. Students should not have to face the front and receive lessons, which they may already know about. 

We are living in a time which is rapidly changing. To ensure schools, teachers and education keeps up, we too have had to evolve, to adapt, to look closely and honestly at our pedagogy. This is what is happening - it is our journey, not necessarily the final destination. The key - a growth mindset, something we have been working hard in our classroom to nurture.
Go for Green Growth, rather than Fixed Red Mindset

Then

Two years ago, my teaching consisted much more of teacher directed learning. Although I encouraged student voice and choice, still much of the learning was being driven by me. I know there is a time and place for explicit teaching, however, sustainability, let alone student engagement, was not necessarily guaranteed. Furthermore, we need to equip our students to be future focused, and well equipped for the unforeseeable future.
Last year - teaching from the front

Now

During the past year, I have been working on shifting learning from the front. By developing modern learning practice within the four walls of our classroom, we as teachers, are becoming activators. Students regularly reconfigure the furniture to suit their purpose. As a result, I love that every day is different, fluid and flexible. Best of all, the students are engaged, working collaboratively or individually, and ultimately, enjoying English every time.
Student led oral presentations - 'wicked' problems

How?

By sharing best practice, reading educational texts, building a supportive PLN and learning along the way, some of the ways we are adapting include:
1. Obtaining Prior Knowledge
2. Clear, co constructed learning intentions and success criteria
3. Instilling dispositions
4. High Order Thinking 
5. Offering Mini Lessons and individual assistance
6. Ongoing formative feedback/forward
7. Collaboration, Curiosity, Creativity
8. Utilising technology to enhance learning
9. Personalising learning - student choice & voice
Students add their names / requests, or work together to gain a better understanding
Using design thinking to convey deeper understanding or create new ways of thinking
Students leading their own learning