Teaching and Learning in Flexible Learning Environments

Join our principal as he takes us on journey explaining the teaching and learning methods that will be part of our life at the new site.


A Message from the Principal

There is no doubt or question that KingsGate School will deliver a Christ-honouring curriculum based on the principle that everything is done in the name of the Lord Jesus. The learning environments will be marked by love and filled with care and respect, and teachers will continue to love their students and seek to help them fulfil their potential in Christ. But I know some of you are curious about what “teaching and learning” will look like in the new flexible learning environments, so I intend to help colour your picture here.

 

 

Flexible Learning Environments (or FLEs) require a new approach to teaching. Gone are the days where one teacher will stand in front of the class and tell the students what they need to know. This was okay for an industrialised, mechanical, assembly-line era of life, but this is not our children’s future; rather, it was our past. Teaching, therefore, has evolved to match and keep pace with the demands of a much different future that we are preparing our children for. In this sense, our children will identify and categorise the word “teacher” much differently than we ever did.

 

Please  take the time to read the information below and watch the videos. These will help illustrate to you how our teachers will be engaging with their students in their learning journeys next year. I will add to the strategies 


 

Team Teaching

Our students will experience various forms of teaching in their new flexible learning environments. One of the most obvious from the start will be “team teaching”. In team teaching, the FLE teachers are in the learning space at the same time but take turns teaching the whole group (or, in our case, Gateway). Team teaching is sometimes called “tag-team teaching.” The team teachers are a bit like co-presenters at a conference or the Oscars, so when one of them makes a point, the other can jump in and elaborate if needed. Some of the benefits of team teaching are as follows.

  • It provides all teachers with an active instructional role.
  • It introduces students to complementary teaching styles and personalities.
  • It allows for lessons to be presented by two different people with different teaching styles/
  • It models multiple ways of presenting and engaging with information.
  • It models for students what a successful collaborative working relationship can look like.
  • It provides more opportunities to pursue teachable moments that may arise. 

Parallel Teaching

In parallel teaching, the teaching team splits the class into two or three groups depending on the number of teachers in the Gateway. Each teacher teaches the same information at the same time. Parallel teaching works well to differentiate instruction when the content being taught is particularly challenging, and students benefit from learning complex material in smaller groups.  

For teachers new to the collaborative environment, parallel teaching can be a comfortable way to start co-teaching. The teaching team plan together to make sure they’re covering the same material. 

 

The Benefits of Parallel Teaching

  • Provides all teachers with an active instructional role
  • Lowers the student-teacher ratio and reduces the load of teaching a larger class
  • Allows for small group instruction, which can be especially helpful for students who learn and think differently.
  • It gives students the chance to ask more questions during lesson time.
  • Provides a chance for students to work in heterogeneous groups (made up of varying abilities instead of groups of students with similar strengths and challenges)
  • It keeps the academic rigour of a demanding lesson but splits the responsibility between all the teachers.