Brett knows the value of 21st century learning, but isn’t sure if the community understands its value (or even what it looks like!). He believes in a community where learning and education are valued, and where people outside of schools understand what learning and teaching in a modern classroom looks like. In most schools, the current reality is that unless you are engaged with a school in some way, you rely on hearsay and the media to form an opinion about modern learning. This isn’t the case for Brett’s community any more.
Brett formed a partnership with the Launceston Library and took the pre-kinder class down there for their lesson. This worked a treat – the community loved seeing the little ones in the library and so we then tested it with fourteen Year 5 students.
“We ran a 3 hour robotics class in the library for these learners, positioning ourselves in the returns section of the library and timing the class for the busiest time of the library’s day. We simply took the classroom to the people!”
Two more ‘Pop Up Classroom’ events are scheduled for this year.
Brett has positively impacted 40 students with his project, not to mention the 100+ members of the community his learners have interacted with. These numbers will only continue to grow.
“A man in his 70s with no connection to school talked about how great the teaching and learning program is. He talked to me for 10 minutes, a student for 20 minutes, left with his wife and then came back to talk to another student for another 20 minutes. He now wants to volunteer at the school!”
Like the idea?
Brett would love your support for the Pop Up Classroom, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and he’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where he can. Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in touch with Brett and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer him on in the comments below as well.
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