Modern Learning Environments: MLE

“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” 
― Albert Einstein

Although we do feel that we teach our students, the second part of Einstein's quote rings quite true. The environment and setting in which learning takes place has morphed and changed over the years. The traditional 'single-cell' classroom fit an era of society that met the demands of an industrial revolutionary concept. That was 150 years ago. Modern Learning Environments, or MLE, are a physical change in teaching spaces that reflect the conceptual change in Modern Learning Practice - the way children are taught. At Tawa School we have started down the path of understanding what we want our teaching and student learning to look like. This is reflected in the upgrade we made to D-Block.

From four single-cell classrooms we have two large teaching spaces that provide teachers and students the environment to teach and learn in a 'modern' way. This includes; spaces for small groups to work, wet rooms for art, quiet areas for individual work, collaborative spaces for groups. 

We are in our first year of seeing both the physical and conceptual ideals of modern practices come together at Tawa School. We are excited about the advancements in teaching and learning philosophies, and we fully enjoy watching the students engage with and get excited about the learning taking place in their learning spaces.

We invite you to have a look at our new area and envision how we see the whole school looking in the years to come.

For more information about Modern Learning Environments, please visit the MLE section on the Ministry of Education website.