BRIGHT & OPEN LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Natural light plays a great role on mood, no matter the context. It is no different for learning spaces. We know that natural light positively affects our mood, and that positive moods have a positive effect on learning. In fact, it is easy to find tons of researches that are focusing on how to better design new schools in order to integrate as much natural light as possible. The effects of natural light seems to be at their maximum when the classroom has a view on green space, natural grass and natural trees, as it contributes to eliminate the feeling of being in a confined space. But one mu...
October 21, 2016
DOES GROUP SIZE REALLY MATTER?
Over the years, Alberta has seen group size slowly increase and reach such sizes that it has become challenging for teachers to manage their duties. In Calgary, Kindergarten classes can easily reach 25 or more, while the Albert Education recommendation is of 17 for grades K-3. We understand that this translate into a much larger work load for teacher, but how does it affect children? For one, smaller class sizes create an environment where it is easier for teachers to get to know their students, and to develop a good relationship with them. Furthermore, it allows teachers to respond sooner t...
August 16, 2016
Montessori: inspiration of the 21st Century Learning Philosophy
In the early 1900’s, Maria Montessori presented her innovative approach to education which would later become an inspiration in the reshaping of learning environments. At the time, education was very much a passive experience where learners were expected to sit for hours, had no say on their learning experience, and were doing repetitive tasks without the expectation of developing a relationship with their teacher. Teachers were authoritarians and students feared them. The Montessori approach greatly helped breaking the mold of education as it was then known. The approach promoted, among...
June 16, 2016