The intention of utilising Flexible Learning Spaces is to create learning environments where students have greater opportunity to make good learning choices and develop themselves as independent and interdependent learners.
Campfire: Activities are introduced in the campfire allowing student to familiarise themselves with the learning intention and success criteria for that session. Once they understand what the activity involves, they can then choose which space will best serve their needs.
Watering Hole: Activities that require a high level of collaboration are supported by the design of watering holes. Students learn a lot from each other as they discuss concepts and challenge others’ ideas.
Cave: Students who understand what is required and wish to undertake a task without interruption are encouraged to use the cave. There will be physical barriers and soft surfaces to absorb sound. Students should be able to rely on this always being a quiet space.
Swamp: The design of a swamp enables teachers or experts in the areas of focus to access and assist those in need. They feature visual aids and access to manipulatives to assist understanding.
Plains: While incidental conversation may occur in the plains, the design of space does not encourage it the way that watering holes do. Plains are for students to spread across the space and undertake activities that don’t require direct collaboration. Students in the plains feel that they can achieve success independently.
Co-Teaching at Parktone Primary School
As we evolve from the traditional classroom structure, there is more scope for teachers to combine their expertise to support students at their point of need. These learning needs are often specific to the learning activity and teachers can support each other in adopting different roles and approaches that will best cater for the students in the learnig space.