HHS Students reflect upon their new learning experience
“The tables and chairs made it really easy to move around the room and ask other people for help on a problem. It’s a good, chill learning environment and I don’t feel as stressed out about math as I usually would in a typical math room.”
“The classroom makes me excited to come to class and the aesthetic calms me and primes me to learn.”
“This semester, math is one of my favorite classes and I have done better since. The bright colors in the room keep me awake and alert, and I enjoy learning in this classroom.”
Jaime Hall later took over this grant after Colleen Worrell left the district. The pilot began a few months into the school year in December 2015. The educators Jaime Hall and Lorelle Govoni immediately experienced the positive impact of this transformed space.
“It completely changed the ‘vibe’ of the classroom. I can no longer imagine teaching without this flexible, vibrant, space.”
– Jaime Hall
Jaime Hall describes how she had to rethink and evolve her teaching methods in order to create more collaboration and let her students run with their learning. The new learning space also motivated her to take more classes on how to better integrate technology with the learning space. She signed up to become a member of the first ed-tech teacher-leader cohort.
“In this new space, the student-teacher dynamics are transformed. Blended learning is more inviting and encourages students to interact more. Students work in groups where there is a great deal of math discourse.”
– Lorelle Govoni
Lorelle Govoni also expressed a similar sentiment about having to change the way she taught in class. She describes how traditional classrooms with rows of desks are limiting and do not lend themselves to free discourse. In a space like this, students are more actively engaged, very comfortable in their space and collaborate extremely well.