OUR ESSENTIALS FOR

LEARNING & TEACHING 

The learning sciences are enriching our understanding of how people learn best. Schools that are designed to leverage knowledge about learning will empower tomorrow's generation to become powerful learners, skilled workers and engaged citizens. 

Educators across our district are sharing their curiosity about how we might use research about The Nature of Learning to explore the creation of innovative learning environments. 

LEARNING PRINCIPLES

 

Educational research suggests that there are principles that we can use to guide us as we innovate the ways that we design learning experiences with and for our students. 

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SHIFTING THE PEDAGOGICAL CORE

 
 
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In our district, we want all students and educators to have the opportunity to engage in learning that is valuable to them, and we want them to feel valued and valuable as they learn.

To that end, educators are shifting their role as educators, the way they are approaching curriculum design, and the way they are using resources and interacting with the environment, in order to empower learners to be at the center of their learning.  They are 'dialing up' the role of their learners

The OECD has called this 'shifting the pedagogical core.' 

Where can you find more resources and information to help you dial up the role of the learners in your care?

There is no specific recipe for doing this. Instead, educators in our district are seeking learning in a variety of areas to create innovative learning environments in their own context.  

HOW EDUCATORS ARE INNOVATING TEACHING AND LEARNING TO SHIFT THE PEDAGOGICAL CORE

 

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) is an international initiative aimed at transforming education through innovation.  Their research suggests that in order to innovate learning environments and shift the elements of the pedagogical core, there are four things we need to consider. These include:

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Regrouping Educators

to create increased opportunities to network and co-learn,
co-plan, co-teach, and co-reflect 
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Regrouping Learners

in different ways throughout the day to create a variety of opportunities for students to learn and collaborate with all students
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Rethinking How Time is Allocated

so learning can be connected and integrated
and can follow student curiosities
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Seeking to Learn New Pedagogies 

to learn teaching and learning strategies with and from others that put students at the center of their learning

Similar to a thriving ecosystem in nature, an innovative learning environment requires many interconnected elements.  Every learning environment has its own 'beating heart,' the thing that makes it unique in order to allow the learners in that context to thrive. This means that no two innovative learning environments will look the same. and the learning and teaching strategies that are practiced are diverse.

 

You will find some of these teaching and learning strategies in the visual below.  It is difficult to explore one these strategies in isolation of the others, as they are very much linked together. 

TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGIES

 
Click the circles below to learn more about these teaching and learning strategies. 
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VIDEOS: INNOVATING TEACHING & LEARNING

 

Learn from educators who are researching teaching and learning and are working to create innovative learning environments to put students at the center of their learning and prepare them to be life long learners in the 21st century.