The MOE outline how ILE support the essence of the NZ Curriculum (English medium) and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa (Māori medium), putting “learners at the centre of teaching and learning, …[with] a curriculum that engages and challenges them, is forward-looking and inclusive, and affirms New Zealand’s unique identity.”
Be clear on your underlying philosophy of learning
Create a safe environment by redefining mistakes and failure
Teach students to take ownership
Ensure students know the learning process
Celebrate the learning – not the end result
Collaborative Teaching in ILEs:
ILEs have brought to the forefront, a ‘new’ way of teaching – collaborative teaching or co-teaching. Chris Bradbeer, in his blog describes collaborative teaching, citing “two or more people sharing responsibility for educating some or all of the students in a classroom…[by] planning, instruction and evaluation” (Villa, Thousand and Nevin, 2008, p. 5).
There are 4 models for co-teaching (it can have different names):
Supportive co-teaching where one co- teacher is in the lead role; others provide support.
Parallel Co-Teaching where co-teachers work with different groups of students in the same room.
Complementary Co-Teaching where the co-teachers share responsibility for teaching the whole class.
Team Teaching where both co- teachers are equally responsible for teaching and learning.
This Prezi by Kim Noel shares some of the models for co-teaching and tips for making it effective. Effective co-teaching strategies are outlined in detail by Dr Richard Villa in his blog.
Te Kowhai School have gathered together a number of useful resources for teachers to explore when working in a collaborative teaching model.
There is so much information available about ILEs that your task this week is to spend some time looking at the ILS resources that interest you.
In your blog, reflect and share:
What you think are the 5 most important attributes a teacher needs to have to work effectively in an ILE / collaborative teaching space?
Justify why have you included the attribute.
Rank the attributes with 1 being the most important and 5 being the least important.
Some more examples of ILEs in New Zealand:
Resources to support you as you enter into a co-teaching environment:
David Bill, outlines 8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom right now. He gives some ideas for how you can redesign you own teaching space – whether you are looking to reorganise one corner or your classroom or redesign the entire room, these tips may help you throughout the process.
Director of innovation, Stephen Collis (Sydney Centre of Innovation in Learning) explains Professor David Thornburg’s terms cave, campfire, and watering hole, and the different functions of these spaces in a learning environment.
Research about ILEs:
Innovative Learning Environments by Mark Osborne from CORE Education outlines some of the key questions that research suggests should be asked“in order to maximise the likelihood that all learners’ needs are met”.