WHAT HAS THE IMMERSIVE SUITE TAUGHT YOU ABOUT THE TEACHING EXPERIENCE, AND HOW HAVE YOU ADAPTED YOUR METHODS TO THIS ALTERNATIVE SPACE?
Seeing the children respond so positively to a space that contrasts with the traditional, restrictive classroom environment has made me change my whole classroom!
Each topic we cover now has a dedicated area in the classroom where children can go to immerse themselves.
When we learn about the moon landing. I spend an evening with a colleague covering the whole area in aluminum foil, and it becomes a space station.
When we learn about The Great Fire of London the area is transformed into Pudding Lane Bakery. They pretend to run the bakery, and especially like the drama they can create when they pretend it has caught on fire!
Best of all the children are more interested in the topics and often come into school with extra research to share and display in the area.
THERE ARE THREE PARTS TO THE KID-SMART SPACES PHILOSOPHY:
- The places children learn in shape them, and help them shape the world.
- Space, light and movement are integral to wellness and success.
- Every child deserves beauty and inspiration in their daily life.
WHICH RESONATES WITH YOU MOST, AND HOW DO YOU SHARE IT IN YOUR CLASSROOM ROUTINE?
I believe that ‘every child deserves beauty and inspiration in their daily life’ is a great philosophy to have.
As a teacher, you get to know students so well, and you are made aware of those whose home lives are far from beautiful. Creating a comforting, exciting, positive environment for these children is essential to ensure that they are able to spend a significant portion of their day in a happy place.
A positive learning environment makes a positive learner, and if you can foster that in a child with some tinfoil and a cardboard space rocket then you absolutely should!