Our very own, Wayne Hay, Senior Project Architect, was on the Winning Team for the 2018 Learning Environments Great Debate: “Future schools should be built for the purpose of learning rather than teaching”.
Peter, Vicki, Dev, Oliver, Yau, Melissa, Fran, Jaqui and Sherman from Baldasso Cortese went along to support Wayne and cheered on as he and his team were led to victory.
Wayne's speech illustrated his vast and diverse knowledge of Innovative Learning Environments, and his touch of humour assisted to convince the audience that future schools should be built for the purpose of 'teaching' rather than 'learning'.
Here are a couple of key quotes from Wayne's speech:
"On a spectrum of education space types, traditional classrooms with a teacher at the front are at one end. At the opposite are Innovative Learning Environments or what are colloquially referred to as ‘open plan learning.’ The debate tonight is not about traditional classrooms versus Innovative Learning Environments. ILE’s are the future of school design. They provide the flexibility to shift between various teaching settings including direct instruction, group discussion, team teaching, collaboration, one-on-one instruction, and individual learning. Of these six settings, only individual learning does not include a teacher. ILE’s do not diminish the role of teachers. In fact, they enhance the need for teaching."
"In our practice, we struggle with the term ‘open plan learning.’ It brings up negative connotations of the loud, undifferentiated spaces of the 1970’s. Many teachers feel the same way. That’s why they can be so resistant to change. Our team believes the solution for the acceptance of Innovative Learning Environments (ILE’s) is not diminishing the status of teaching. Instead, we need to acknowledge the value of teaching while avoiding the negative connotations of the term ‘open plan learning.’ Therefore, we propose not using synonyms for teaching and teachers, but to call ILE’s what they really are in the 21st Century. Which is Open Plan Teaching. Open Plan Teaching does not diminish the role of teachers. In fact, it enhances the need for teaching."
Well done Wayne, we are so extremely proud!