Sam Sherratt

Sam Sherratt

Sam is currently teaching Year 6/Grade 5 at the New International School Thailand in Bangkok, and has previously taught in China, Bangladesh and the UK.

Having worked in schools running the IB Primary Years Programme, he is fascinated by the philosophies of constructivism, inquiry and powerful learning that is connected to life. Sam is a workshop leader for the IB and has recently started running independent workshops using the same name as his primary blog, Time, Space, Education.

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Wednesday, 01 May 2013 16:08

Creating studio classrooms

It is extremely powerful to change classrooms in order to reflect the kind of learning that is taking place at the time. So, for example, they become art studios during creative units, science labs during scientific units, museums during historical ones and so on. Students should be encouraged to think about how their physical space can enhance learning and how it can be adapted to help them do their best.

There is a cool little video that is currently going viral at the moment called 'Caine's Arcade'.

Many of the messages about learning are far too explicit for me to explain here… pretty much everybody will see that it is a parable on the theme of creativity. However, there are also other, more implicit, messages for those of us “in the business of learning”.

  • Caine would not have been able to create his arcade if his Dad had not been willing to let him “make a mess”. In how many classrooms could Caine’s talent have bubbled to the surface. How many teachers are willing to let students “create a mess”?

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