Activating Learning Settings
It was a real privilege to visit Silverton Primary School. The vision is clearly articulated and is seen in all areas of the school. This is led by principal Tony Bryant, and his leadership team based around an instructional model of: Silverton e5plus - Principles of Pedagogy and Personalised Learning - "a sophisticated amalgam of parallel initiatives, which have been combined and integrated". This type of instructional model "is best seen as a guide to the essential elements of good teaching which need not be applied in a linear manner" (Bryant). Refer to Janelle's blog post for further information regarding the nuts and bolts.
Key Aspects of Silverton Primary
- Shared pedagogy
- Professional Learning Communities - strong teaching coaching programmes/building staff capacity.
- Authentic Curriculum
- ICT rich
- Personalised Learning
- Passion/Discovery Time
- Self Managing, fully autonomous
Discovery Time - Student Agency
Discovery Time and Inquiry are both planned around e5+ to create and nurture a culture whereby everyone is a learner. Bryant believes in a consistent, clearly articulated vision; quality interpersonal relationships and building "trust that allows all stakeholders to work together as a learning community".
As our tour group walked around, it was clearly evident that learning is loud, exciting, personalised, messy, fun, engaging, exploratory, art/play/music based learning, collaborative, independent, interdependent...The affordances are explicit, visible and invite specific types of learning within the various spaces.
|Reflective Learning Space|
|Step inside our Planetarium|
|Accessing Google Earth|
|Students who are inside|
|Independent Learning Station|
|Eager & willing to share the learning|
|Every space is a learning opportunity|
|Group Learning - collaboration|
|Loved the way this group of students evolved their learning story|
|One to Many - Setting up the day|
|Scaffolding the learning Discovery Time Passport foster student agency|
|Look at the students now - new costumes & still actively engaged|
|We learn through actively playing, exploring, making, creating|
|Let's dance - we like to MOVE IT!|
|Independent Learning Space|
|Our Inspiration Island - clear affordance|
ART - Maker Space
|Making Music collaboratively|
|On the farm...taking our learning into the natural environment|