At semester turn around I had a great opportunity to connect with WRDSB teacher Jamie Reaburn-Weir. After some conversation about student voice, choice and assessment strategies, she kindly agreed to capture the conversation for wider sharing.
Enjoy Jamie’s forward thinking insights in this video.
I look forward to following along the journey where Jamie is leading her classes.
One of the points of interest at the site was the Village School (Lhee Dr.) originally built in 1750, relocated in 1953. The interior as you see it in my photos is vintage 1800-1830.
I have added comments to each photo applying a current educational lens.
A peek in the door: open space and welcoming.
Central heating, flexible space (no rows!), support for small group instruction and a respectful design reflecting that learning is social.
Evidence of the use of mobile tablets to support personal educational experiences.
Hands on, independent use of tablets. It looks like they are actually drawing on the screens so I am assuming that these are not touch-screens. I wonder about the wifi access.
On a more serious note, this early classroom was certainly forward looking in many respects. Perhaps they were simply learning while waiting for the thinking around the C’s and the whole ‘internet thing’ to become a reality.