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The Innovative Learning Environment

Previously referred to as a Modern Learning Environment or MLE, the Ministry of Education recently introduced new terminology, stating that Innovative Learning Practice (ILP) is used in a Flexible Learning Space (FLS) to create an Innovative Learning Environment (ILE).


Years ago, education was modelled on the industrial revolution – straight rows of desks and chairs; children all taught the same thing the same way.

Thankfully it's now recognised that there is a much better way to teach. Today's Innovative Learning Space (the former Modern Learning Environment or MLE) supports strengths-based education, offering both students and teachers flexibility, openness and access to resources.

The ILE, created around what is now known about the brain and learning, can be used alongside traditional teaching methods if desired, but it also offers:

Flexibility:

The ability to combine two classes into one for team-teaching, split a class into small groups and spread them out, or combine different classes studying complimentary topics;

Openness:

With fewer walls, more glass and often a central teaching hub, it's a space that can be used by several classes, providing opportunities to observe and learn from the teaching of others, and be observed at the same time.

Access to resources, including technology:

Typically, a common learning area is surrounded by break out spaces that are fit for a range of activities such as reading, group and project work, wet areas, reflection and presentation. There is often a mixture of technology at hand as and when students need it.

It's also recognised that there are four different ways kids like to learn:

Logical Learners:

Who move around to the area that best suits what they're doing at the time. They rock at analysing and solving problems.

Creative Learners:

Prefer individual seating, but also like to see what everybody else is doing. These artistic, conceptual little minds are our future writers, designers and entrepreneurs.

Controlled Learners:

Like their own space because it keeps them from being distracted and means they can keep an eye on all their stuff. These highly organised kids become accountants, planners and analysts.

Interpersonal Learners:

Like to be in groups facing each other, and interact as much as can. Highly developed emotionally, they are expressive and musical. Our future teachers, social workers and musicians.