Have you ever considered changing your classroom setup?
Are there ways that your classroom is already flexible? How?
Do you already change the setup part of the time? What works? What can be made better?
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Why flexible learning in adult education?
Our students range in age from 16 - 96, their cultural backgrounds are richly varied, as are their socio-economic statuses as well as their reasons for being in our centres. For some of us, our classrooms are also made up of multiple levels and subject matters.
Flexibility is not merely an option, it is essential!
It allows for easier and more natural integration of technology. If your classroom has minimal access to technology, you can create a tech zone where perhaps learners can use their own devices or they can access the few pieces of tech you do have in your classroom - it could be clustered around the smart board if you have one.
Maybe it is time to dismantle your centre's computer lab and distribute the computers among some of the classrooms so that they can be used within the tech zones...
With its focus on competency development, the student experience is central to our new programs. In order for students to be able to develop and master competencies and for teachers to be able to assess their development, flexibility is essential.
Key ideas for flexible learning:
Choice - students are given choice in what and how they learn.
Pace - students are able to set the pace of their learning.
Environment - the environment needs to reflect the concept of choice as well and can be reconfigured based on these choices.