My school is in the progress of constructing a new space for learning (traditionally called a new school building). It will have technology embedded classrooms that can be joined for greater spaces for learning; open areas and congregation points; solitary spaces for reflection; and, of course, provincially mandated curriculum that sets the timeline, content and structure for learning that was developed in the last century (or before).
The development of this space included input from students, teachers, other staff, members of the community, parents, guardians and architects. We have created working groups that look at areas for innovation through the inquiry lens to create learning spaces that allow for all students to reach their potential (or at least, start the path towards their potential) and become life long learners.
As we move through the development of what the school will look like, we will collaborate as a staff in working groups, led by teachers, to create concrete actions that could be implemented prior to moving into the new learning spaces. These actions will resonate with our belief that the new school would be a place without bells, silos or whistles. The words we use will influence the spaces. For example, we are looking at a Learning Commons instead of a library.
We are currently looking at assessment, curriculum, citizenship, community, connectedness, instruction, environment and sustainability. As we move forward in these working groups, I will try to expand more on each area (we have three working groups covering these topics). Ideas, thoughts and comments are always welcome.