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My Ideal Learning Space

Put together a design brief for a new learning space.

I approached this task like stream of consciousness, so I brainstormed all of the items I would like in my ideal learning space. So, in no particular order…

  • Spaces and furniture that reflect the different ways people learn – Quiet spaces, Spaces for performing. Spaces to cook, Spaces to work on my own, with a partner (cafe style), in groups, in front of others, standing up, sitting down, lying down. Spaces that allows me to be in the outdoors.
  • Space for displays. Whiteboards, TV Screens, Monitors, Noticeboards…
  • Space for Storage – concrete materials, models and constructions all take up space and need somewhere to live.
  • Readily available access to a range technology
  • Sustainable – uses renewable energy sources. Supports recycling. environmental friendly design.
  • A workspace for teachers – to be with my colleagues. (I spent a lot of time considering this one.
  • Space for things that are fun – ball pit, a slide, a tree house

Whilst the space is important, the quality of the teaching and the learning inside the space is what really counts.

This post is the ninth in a series as part of the #youredustory challenge. For more information visit their website.


Why teach?

What was the defining moment you decided to be a teacher?

“Blackboard” by Photo by M. Rehemtulla – Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

I just knew.

From the age of about six, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I would ‘play school’ at any opportunity. I would mark my pretend roll , write up ‘work’ on my little chalkboard with my toys or any friends being my students. I would mark their work with red ticks and crosses and write encouraging words of feedback on their sheets.

As I got older and experienced different teachers throughout my own education, there were plenty that inspired me.

Had it not have been for some great teachers who something in me; who gave their time freely to support what I wanted to do; who coached, mentored and guided me through the process,  I would not be the person I am today.

It’s my hope that I can provide the same opportunities for my students. That I can pay forward the experiences and the lessons I have learnt.

This post is the seventh in a series as part of the #youredustory challenge. For more information visit their website.

Why I do what I do

“People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it” – Simon Sinek

I discovered Simon Sinek on TED last year. In his talk on ‘Why good leaders make you feel safe’, he believes that great leaders “provide their people opportunity, education, discipline when necessary, build their self-confidence, give them the opportunity to try and fail, all so that they could achieve more than we could ever imagine.

As a leader, my style aligns very much with his belief. The staff I lead and work with are like my family. If my brother was to continue making mistakes, I would not exclude him from my family. I would keep working with him to so he improves; which in turn would benefit my whole family. Likewise, members of my team are allowed to make mistakes. My role is to facilitate reflection and then assist with strategies to prevent a repeat of previous mistakes.

This post is the sixth in a series as part of the #youredustory challenge. For more information visit their website.