The Learning Environment 

Whilst considering my next post I began wondering about a number of articles I read recently. Two have really caught my eye,

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/15/robots-schools-teaching-children-redundant-testing-learn-future

The above article made me consider the importance and relevance of what happens within our schools. Are we creating the correct environment for our pupils to flourish? Are we providing them with the correct skills?

https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/developing-a-school-wide-culture-good-behaviour-way-too-important

@TomRees_77 shared the above article on Twitter and it is an insight into how we should learn from each other in order to develop good behaviour within our schools.

The third tweet that caught my eye was from @musicmind.  Nina often has excellent and inspirational work and this image is one of her best,

All of the above inspired me to consider how a learning environment can really make the difference when it comes to the future education of every child and the well being of staff.

When you type learning environment in Google search, you initially receive a definition,

Learning environment refers to the diverse physical locations, contexts, and cultures in which students learn.29 Aug 2013

As a definition it encapsulates the main points neatly however my learning environment will be focused initially on the School environment.  

As a list of vocabulary to describe a learning environment, the wordles above and below I believe captures everything,

Multimodal was a new word for me in the context of a learning environment and I fully understand why it has been placed at the very heart of the vocabulary to describe an effective  School. 

This image as indicated came from Global Digital Citizen and I really like the message in the article on the website,

https://globaldigitalcitizen.org/create-safe-learning-environments
That made me think about the learning environments I have created. It hasn’t been an easy task to disseminate what I believe to be crucial to the process. It begins and ends in confidence. The confidence to learn from each other, the confidence to make mistakes, the confidence to challenge information and to allow confidence to grow by celebrating success and respecting every pupil and member of staff. 

I’m sure many people will have their own version but I hope that this will add to what is a very important discussion in education. 

The learning environment implies the whole school and not simply the classroom environment but both are close cousins. A learning environment sets the tone for a whole school where a classroom environment can be a pocket of excellence. 

The 5 C’s are crucial to the success of the learning environment

1) communication

2) collaboration

3) creativity

4) considerate

5) confident

With all of the above in place, I believe the well being of every pupil will be central to their learning experience.

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1 Comment

  1. Diolch yn fawr iawn am hwn. Dw i’n dwlu ar y ffaith bod diwylliant yn cael rhan yn yr amgylchedd. Rhagorol. Erioed wedi cysidro yn yr ystyr yma.

    Thank you for this. I love the fact that culture is a part of the learning environment. Excellent. Never thought of it this way before.

    Pwyntiau pwysig iawn fel arfer. Very important points as always.

    Barri

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