Today's teachers and students work collaboratively to solve problems in an innovative, creative manner, and integrate technology into every school day. They use today's resources such as computers and tablets, interactive displays and the Internet, all set within the framework of the New Zealand Curriculum.
Incorporating current technology, along with modern and innovative ideas, requires greater flexibility from our teachers than in the past: the ability to teach in current, transformative ways to keep students engaged, creative, and able to experiment, because these are the sorts of skills that will be asked of them by future employers.
Modern teaching methods must allow students to take ownership of their learning, to become independent and resilient.
The complexity of teaching modern learners, and the requirement to future-proof our students into the existing New Zealand Curriculum and school environment can be enormous. Part of the challenge is that our teachers are required to prepare students for possibilities and opportunities they may encounter during their working life, without really knowing, yet, what those possibilities are.
Future-oriented teaching methods must be supported by a relevant, adaptive, flexible learning environment that ensures our students are supported in their learning now and into the future.
What innovative, flexible and modern teaching will look like in practice here in Marlborough at the new co-located campus is, to some degree, up to us.
As part of the consultation process for the co-location Education Brief, the Marlborough community was asked to agree on what learning values are most important to us as Marlburians, New Zealanders and global citizens.
The exploration between our teachers, students, parents and community about what good learning actually looks like provided a crucial starting point. From this, we have been working towards creating the flexible, purposeful spaces that will support the learning values we intend to encourage and move forward with.
Photo: April Spence, Marlborough Girls' College
What is flexible learning? In simple terms, it’s adjusting teaching methods and processes that allow our schools, and us as a society, to keep up with an incredibly fast-paced, rapidly changing world and technology.