An Massive Increase in Student Engagement
Gone, are the rows of desks at the Living Faith Lutheran Primary School in Murrumba Downs…
Traditional classrooms have given way to classrooms of the future with their new “flexible learning spaces”.
The Year 4, 5 and 6 classrooms have now been fitted out with agile learning spaces affectionately dubbed as fish bowls, genius bars and community booths.
After years of planning and testing, the learning spaces are now being enjoyed by students and teachers alike with great results.
Living Faith Principal Jane Mueller added, “A contemporary classroom may look more like an airport lounge, with different types of seating that the students can select depending on how they feel at the time — a desk and chair, a standing desk, a bean bag, an ottoman …
”“It’s all about shifting away from and era of compliance and moving towards one of engagement.Research teaches us that if a child is engaged they achieve higher and are more motivated,” she revealed.
After the changes made to the Year 6 room, positive results were seen.An increase from 65% to 95% of students said they liked or loved the school.Significantly, reading ability among students also increased.