3Learning transcends boundaries and happens in unimaginable ways. For this reason, a school environment needs a design that will allow students to explore ideas and concepts in a variety of means best suited to the learner. The school environment needs to be engaging to allow for effective learning inside and outside the classroom.
A learning space is a physical location designed to invite learners to meet and engage in knowledge creation. They need to be visually appealing to serve their purpose. Learning spaces provide a personalized and inclusive environment and are flexible in the face of the changing needs of learners.
A good design of a learning space fosters learning. It helps to build better relationships and communication between students. It also supports student collaboration on many levels. It promotes creativity and awakens students’ interest in learning.
The infrastructure at TIS Primary School allows for interactive learning spaces. We are cognizant that learning happens everywhere and provide resources to support learning in a variety of ways. Below are some ways by which we have created our engaging learning spaces.
The use of display boards: Display boards are a great way to get our students engaged, excited and working together, helping to maximize learning and personal skills. Additionally, display boards are a great learning tool for children who are visual learners. Display boards provide information on the unit of inquiry and also show students’ work. Displaying students’ work creates a feeling of belonging and also motivates students to work harder.
Classroom libraries: Libraries are a fantastic resource to support learning. They are also avenues where children can develop a passion for reading or enjoy some quiet time away from the classroom’s lively buzz. We operate classroom libraries which allow students to have quick access to information resources to boost their literacy skills.
Accessible Learning Resources: Learning resources are readily available in the classroom with which students can interact. These resources are organised on shelves and learning centres within the classroom. The resources are used for class activities to enhance student’s creativity.
Every space is a learning space: Learning expands beyond the walls of the classroom. We make use of the corridors to display some information to students. As students walk across the corridors, they are engaged by the colourful displays, most of which are their works.
Technology in the Classroom: Technology is an integral part of our learning. Technology provides opportunities for students to conduct their personal inquiry and engage in continuous learning. It is also a great tool to spark up the curiosity of students and explore both local and global issues. Students enjoy playing interactive games to test their knowledge.
Effective learning spaces keeps students engaged and motivated to learn. It creates an atmosphere that supports learning. At TIS Primary School, we endeavour to build such for our learners.