Are you hesitant about trying out room 2? Teachers and students who have used it so far have been enthused by the different learning environment. One of the ways I used it with my Year 9s was to divide them into small groups to solve genetic problems, before explaining their thoughts to the class. Here are some of their thoughts at the end of the lesson:
- “It was good for all of us to see each others’ ideas, and to get up and do something active”.
- “It was really interesting and fun to work on the walls. It was different”
- “I think the class should go in here more often”
- “Useful as easier and quicker writing on the boards. You can find information across the whole room.”
- “it was fun to write on the walls. The feel of the room is energetic and it was very fun to learn”
The room isn’t only suitable for key stage 3 though, as this enthusiastic group of year 13s demonstrated:
They were even full of ideas of how to use the room next time:
The bean bags have proved a hit, and are being used here for the ‘audience’ listening to a group explaining their ideas:
Despite their request of this being their permanent classroom being turned down, the students left the lesson looking forward to the next time they will be actively learning in room 2.
If you’re not sure how to get started, or how you could use room 2 for your subject, then please ask Charlie and the ASTs for suggestions. Remember that the booking form is on the T-drive in Teaching and Learning – have a go, you won’t regret it!