BCE is supporting schools to move towards contemporary
learning spaces to enhance student engagement. When OLHC upgraded the learning
spaces above the hall in 2015, with Ms Gray’s knowledge and enthusiasm in
contemporary learning we were able to fit out these rooms with furnishing to enhance
contemporary learning in these classrooms. Over the Christmas holidays at the end of 2017, we were
able to furnish the current Year 1 classroom with the pedagogy Mrs Wilson
brings to this learning environment similar furnishings to cater to the
different learning styles of our students.
Current research claims that traditional classrooms are
failing to meet the learning needs of many students and that redesigning
educational spaces to engage all learners is the way forward. Whether you are a
student that learns best from the lecture style environment, conversations with
peers or independently, students are provided with opportunities to support and
engage them in their learning.
During 2018, it is our goal as a staff to become more
knowledgeable in contemporary learning through targeted readings, professional
development and visits to other BCE schools who are living and breathing the
pedagogy of contemporary learning spaces.
Some of our staff are well on the journey and others are
just beginning so it is one of our goals this year to work as a staff to understand
the pedagogy and “buzz” that we are hearing about.
Brisbane Catholic Education has made available to us funding to replace classroom furniture in our Yr 2 and Yr 3 spaces so that a contemporary style can be in use. This will be achieved before the end of 2018.