Thursday, 9 February 2012

Classroom makeover

The planning had been done, and it was time to get our hands dirty and make some physical changes to the classroom.

5 comments:

  1. Hi there, I really enjoyed watching your first day. I think your project is AMAZING! I can't wait to watch more and learn more about your mission. I would love to know more about it to share with my class. How many of you are involved in the project? What is your timeline? Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to show this to my class tomorrow.
    Mrs K
    St Mary's School, Mosgiel

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  2. Thanks Mrs K.

    There are 21 students involved, and three teachers. http://curriculumintegrationproject.blogspot.co.nz/2011/12/so-what-will-project-look-like.html gives a bit more of an overview of what we're planning. Students will spend the first half of the year producing a magazine and website, and the second half producing their Visual Arts folios and preparing for external assessments. Our hope is that we can provide them with both the flexibility of a student driven programme and the perceived 'robustness' of externally assessments.

    You may want to make contact with Claire who commented on http://curriculumintegrationproject.blogspot.co.nz/2012/02/hack-your-learning-space.html#comment-form - she's working on learning space design with Year 5 and 6 students in Dunedin.

    Cheers,
    Sam

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  3. Hi, Progress looks good! How is the budget working out? Have students had to revise and compromise plans? Has the room met their expectations or needs in terms of power points, lighting etc
    All the very best
    Helen

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  4. Helen,

    We haven't got a final account of the costs yet, but we've become very good at securing free stuff! A quote for the wall has been sponsored by Adlite signs, and other teaching staff have donated couches, a fridge, a microwave etc. Having the Executive Officer drop by and like seeing the students fully engaged in the project led to a few additional approvals for purchases, which has helped stretch the budget.

    There have been a number of compromises, initially combining the ideas from four different groups, and then refining back from the 'could we have a mezzanine floor?' type possibilities. Several of the more costly items have been put on the 'not yet' list, pending initial costs.

    We're waiting on the completion of a SNUP upgrade by the end of this term, which should well meet our needs regarding power points etc. Things are a bit less than ideal in the meantime though.

    We'll keep you in touch with how things are going. You're welcome to bring a CORE crew down to visit any time :-)

    Cheers,
    Sam

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  5. nice idea.. thanks for posting.

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